Primary sources are first-hand, authoritative accounts of an event, topic, or historical time period. They are typically produced at the time of the event by a person who experienced it, but can also be made later on in the form of personal memoirs or oral histories. Think original documents.
Secondary sources interpret or critique primary sources. They often include an analysis of the event that was discussed or featured in the primary source.
Try a simple search for "League of Nations" or the "Woodrow Wilson" to find some excellent secondary sources! Using secondary sources for background research is optional.
You can use any of our databases from off campus if you have the correct user name and password for access. We may not post these publicly, so they reside on a Google Doc page that requires your JBS email login for access.
Click HERE to see a clickable list of databases along with their user names and passwords.