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Contemporary Issues: Resources

Reference Sources

Reference Sources are the best first step in research to get context and overview of your topic. Search in library databases to get succinct and reliable overviews!


Articles come in many forms. Newspaper articles are often primary sources. Magazine and journal articles are typically secondary sources, and they are great to reference when you are researching. Depending on when they were written, some magazine and journal articles may be primary sources, too.

It is best to wait to search for articles after you've done quite a bit of research on background information and in books. By now, you'll have a better idea of what you are looking for.