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English 118: Honors First-Year Composition   Tags: composition, english, primary sources, scholarly sources, secondary sources  

This guide will help students find primary and secondary sources for their research assignments.
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Primary Sources

          Guide to Primary Sources
          Focusing on Digital & Local Collections from Museums & Libraries Worldwide

                 • Food, gender, race, travel
                 • Historical images and newspapers
                 • Tennessee history

          "Hand-Picked" Special Collections Guide for English 102
          UT Special Collections' Most Frequently Requested Primary Sources for 102

                 • Tennessee authors, folklore, music, theatre, etc.
                 • Great Smoky Mountains

          Finding Aids for Special Collections at UT
          Begin Your Own Search; Request Non-Digitized Items via the Online Request Form


Scholarly Research & Secondary Sources

           General Databases:

   • Academic Search Premier
   • CQ Researcher
   • JSTOR
   • Points of View Reference Center

Subject Databases for Speciality Topics:

   • Anthropology: Anthropology Plus
   • Critical Reviews: LION (Literature) OR FIAF (Film)
   • Education: Education Source OR ERIC
   • Health and Medicine: CINAHL OR Medline/PubMed
   • History: America: History & Life OR Historical Abstracts
   • Law: Hein Online OR Index to Legal Periodicals
   • Policy: Worldwide Pol. Sci. Abstracts OR PAIS Int'l
   • Psychology: PsycINFO
   • Sciences: ScienceDirect OR Web of Science

Additional Help:

Librarians' Research Guides can help you identify other relevant databases by topic area.

Also, you may find statistics from governmental agencies by adding to the end of a Google search. For example, a Google search for high school graduation rates would bring back information and statistics from the U.S. Department of Education (


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