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History: ATS2380 Migrant nation

A guide to resources for the areas of history at Monash University

Secondary sources


Citing & Referencing

Remember, the point of citing and referencing is that people can find your sources. Just make sure you provide all the information available and try and follow the Chicago style. 

Refer to this tab of the Citing & Referencing guide for help on citing a primary source. 
Sometimes you'll be citing the page of an archive or State library containing a primary source. For that use the websites instructions. 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar


Primary sources


Find primary sources using Search

1. Go to Advanced Search.

2. Change the default any to in subject

3. Use any of the below terms, which will bring up primary sources:

  • sources
  • diaries
  • correspondence
  • trials
  • pamphlets
  • manuscripts
  • "personal narratives"

Combine them with OR to search for more than one 'type' of primary source.

4. In the next box type a keyword that describes your topic.

5. Change the Search Scope from All resources to Library Collection

For example if you were looking for writings by early settlers in Australia that described their relationships with Australian Aborigines, you could search as follows:

Screenshot of search results

The asterisk retrieves all the words which start with aborigin, ie: aboriginal and aborigines. The quotation marks around "personal narratives" ensures that the two words are found as a phrase.