Brandel Library


What's a Secondary Source?

A secondary source is a work of scholarship that comments on or interprets or analyzes primary sources. The most common secondary sources you'll encounter will be scholarly books and journal articles. 

Finding Books

Brandel Library Catalog
Search for books, e-books, and films available to you at North Park.

I-Share Catalog
Find books at academic libraries throughout Illinois, and have them delivered to North Park. Books should arrive in about a week, and you will get an email telling you the item has arrived. This service is free to all NPU students. If you are new I-Share user you will need to set up an account

Finding Articles

Popular vs. Scholarly

Scholarly journal articles:

Cover image of the journal Sociological Theory

  • written by experts in the field
  • aimed at an informed reader
  • followed by a bibliography

Popular magazine articles:

Cover image of Time magazine

  • written by reporters 
  • aimed at the general public