Peer-reviewed sources are an excellent source for research. If you'd like to learn more, please see our Peer Review guide, which explains why peer review is important and where you can find peer-reviewed articles.
This section provides information on basic library research skills. It answers questions such as:
If you have any questions or need more help, contact English and Digital Humanities Librarian Harriett Green at green19 [at] illinois.edu, call 217-333-4942, or visit her office in 200 South Main Library.
These are some basic terms that will help to distinguish between the various types of resources made available by the Library.
Full-Text: these resources contain the complete texts of documents (such as journal articles).
Bibliography: these resource contain citations for documents (as opposed to documents in full text). You will often be able to click the button in resources like this at UIUC, but you may have to find a print copy in the catalog or use Interlibrary Loan.
Primary Source and Secondary Source: a primary source is a subject of direct study, and a secondary source is scholarly work on a primary source.
Examples: the novel Jane Eyre is a primary source, but journal articles and books discussing Jane Eyre are secondary sources.
Reference Source: reference sources are more introductory in nature than secondary scholarship, but may cite useful secondary sources.