Department: Social Studies

Junior Thesis

Resources for Background Information


  • Grolier - Includes articles from Grolier and Encyclopedia Americana. Good place to find journal articles.
  • WorldBook - Short articles with links to related journal articles.
  • Encyclopedia Americana
  • Encyclopedia Britannica (look at Macropaedia: Knowledge in Depth volumes)

Primary Sources

What is a primary source?

  • "If you are seeking to learn about the past, primary sources of information are those that provide first-hand accounts of the events, practices, or conditions you are researching. In general, these are documents that were created by the witnesses or first recorders of these events at about the time they occurred, and include diaries, letters, reports, photographs, creative works, financial records, memos, and newspaper articles (to name just a few types)." -University of Illinois Library
  • To find out more information about what is a primary source, check out the University of Illinois Library's Primary Source Village

Links for primary sources

Citation Information - Chicago

Noodlebib - Keep all resources organized and automatically formatted into Chicago style.
Official Chicago Manual of Style - Choose "Quick Guide" box on opening page.