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Finding and Using Primary Sources: Magazines & Journals

A guide on defining, finding, and using primary resources in your research


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Finding Primary Source Magazines and Journals at Duke

A good place to start when looking for primary source magazines and journals at Duke is the library homepage. Clicking on the "Online Journal Titles" link (circled above) enables you to see all of the online journal and magazine titles you have access to as a Duke student. Clicking on the "Research Databases" link next to the "Online Journal Titles" link can prove useful, too, as many of these databases contain material from various magazines and journals from all eras. Listed below are some databases that are particularly helpful for this purpose.

Examples of Databases that could Provide Primary Source Magazines and Journals

Remember that, as with books and ebooks, magazines and journals can serve as either primary or secondary sources. Below is a list of some online databases (accessible through Duke) that provide some examples of magazines and journals that can serve as primary sources. It is by no means exhaustive! We also recommend checking out the library's numerous subject guides to find primary source magazines and journals related to your area of study.