The above video explains the differences between primary and secondary sources.
In the study of history, primary sources refers to first-hand accounts of events. For example, some of your sources for research in World War I and World War II include:
Here is an assortment of primary sources for research in World War I.
Here is an assortment of primary sources for research in World War II.
Now that you have keywords, it's time to search the databases. Have you used the databases before? If you don't have recent experience with our library's databases, then I suggest watching this introductory video.
Secondary sources are sources of information written by people who are citing primary (or even other secondary sources) as their sources of information.
That's a complicated definition, so let's simplify it. Historical books and articles written by people who weren't actually there are secondary sources.
Here are some good databases for finding secondary sources about historical topics.
We have two excellent ebook databases. These let you read full-text books online. The interfaces can be confusing, so I have included a tutorial video for each one.
The video above shows you how to search the ebook database titled EBSCO eBook Collection.
The video above shows you how to search the database ProQuest EBook Central.