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Secondary Sources Defined

Secondary sources are materials written by historians using primary sources (such as government reports, newspaper articles, memoirs, etc.) Examples of secondary sources include books, journal articles, and encyclopedia articles. For more information on secondary sources, see this guide.

For a guide on the history of the University of Oklahoma, see this link.

Books and Encyclopedias

To search for books on the history of Oklahoma, use Discover Local (the catalog). (Search box below.) It lists materials owned by the University of Oklahoma Libraries.

Many cities and counties have written their histories. These can be good secondary resources, and occasionally these may serve as primary resources if they include first-hand accounts of life in a place. To locate county histories in Discover Local, search the words "county history Oklahoma" (without the quotes) in the "Any field" category, limiting "Material Type" to "Books." Another good way to locate a county or town history is to search for that place in the subject category.

Discover Local (the catalog) search box:


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There are also a few general state histories and encyclopedias that are good secondary resources. See these titles, for example:

Journals and Magazines

These are some Oklahoma-related journals and magazines:

The database America: History and Life indexes journal articles and more. Click here for a search that includes the subject of Oklahoma. NOTE: The library has licensed this database for 6 simultaneous users. Please close the tab or browser when finished searching.