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AP US History: Finding Secondary Resources

Some resources to help you prepare your AP US History paper

Off-Campus Access to Databases

If you're off campus, you will be asked to log in through your McCallie Google account. Email Mrs. Wadley if you have any questions.

What is a secondary source?

According to Wikipedia: "a secondary source is a document or recording that relates or discusses information originally presented elswhere." Generally, a secondary source pulls together all of the primary material, and synthesizes and evaluates that information in a new form. Some examples:

  • Scholary articles in academic periodicals
  • Critical essays and analyses
  • Biographies
  • Textbooks


You'll find a large collection of full-text reference works here

In other libraries


HathiTrust is a smaller - and possibly higher quality - version of Google Books.  Books published before 1923 can be viewed online in their entirety.  Unlike Google Books, HathiTrust provides online access to both historic and current U.S. Government Documents.


To make best use of this archive use the "Advanced full-text search."



In the HathiTrust Advanced Full-text Search one can limit searches by: Title, Author, Subject, Publisher, and Years of Publication.

Be sure to check the box "Full view only" before clicking on "Search."


Google Books

Google Book Search


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