Answered By: Nora Rackley
Last Updated: Aug 10, 2017     Views: 17

It is important for a secondary source to contain the following information in order to locate a primary source:

  • The full name of the journal
  • An approximate date of publication
  • The name of the study's author (not essential, but it makes finding the article easier)

Most primary sources for this assignment are a difficult for students to locate without librarian help. However, these are a few basic steps to locating the article.

  1. Go to Journal Finder
  2. Search for the name of the journal
  3. If the journal is available in any of the databases, Journal Finder will tell you which database to search. You may have to log in to the database by going to the Databases A-Z page
  4. If the journal is not available contact a librarian.

A librarian still may be able to locate an article even if Journal Finder says it's not available. Please contact a librarian before you give up.

Send a link to the secondary source article to the librarian who will help you locate the primary source. 

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