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Obtaining Materials Not At Kenyon

  • Interlibrary Loan
    Upon request, Kenyon’s ILL staff makes every attempt to locate and obtain resources not owned by Kenyon, another CONSORT library, or OhioLINK library. Items may include books, journal and newspaper articles, dissertations, microfilmed materials, and other circulating documents.

Kenyon's Online Citation Software

  • RefWorks  
    Web-based bibliographic citation manager in which you can create and organize collections of references and easily compile a bibliography for your research papers.

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  • Flow  
    Flow is web based, accessible across devices and provides extensive collaborative utility.
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Primary versus Secondary Sources

Primary sources connect the historian to the past. They are 'items that are directly associated with their producer or user and the time period in which they were created. Examples include diaries, newspaper articles, government documents, clothing, photographs, oral interviews, and news broadcasts.' (Presnell 93)

Secondary sources are works written by historians that use primary sources as evidence in a particular argument.

Types of Primary Sources Types of Secondary Sources
  • Public records
  • Monographs
  • Personal documents (diaries, etc.)
  • Edited collections of essays
  • Artifacts/relics
  • Scholarly journal articles
  • Business/corporate records

  • Images

  • Architecture/city plans/maps
  • Media and public communication
  • Literary texts
  • Pamphlets/blogs

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