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Religion & Politics in American History

Secondary Sources: Books

Secondary sources provide in-depth information on a topic while also arguing for a specific perspective on the topic. Secondary sources are useful for in-depth analysis of your topic and for learning about scholarly perspectives on your topic.

Book-length treatments of your topic provide in-depth analysis and useful footnotes and bibliographies.

Find Books in JumboSearch

Want to discover the books that Tisch Library has on your topic?  Search by keyword, subject, or author/creator in JumboSearch, which simultaneously searches across all of the library's resources, including both print and eBooks. After you've entered your search terms, use the resource type limiter on the left side of the page to select Books.

Once you identify the call number for the book you want, you can find the book downstairs on the first floor of the library.

Search by Keyword, Title, Subject, or Creator

Subject Terms

Subject terms are standardized terms that librarians use to describe the main content  of a book. Books about similar topics will be assigned the same subject terms. For this reason, subject terms are a great tool for browsing a library catalog to find books on your topic. Subject terms can be complicated, but here are a few subject terms to get you started.

Books Beyond Tufts

To locate books in other libraries when we either don't own them or our copy is checked out, use BLC WorldCat. Once you've found the book you want, use the BLC request form or ILLiad to request the book be delivered to Tisch.  The book will be delivered to the Tisch Library circulation desk, within 2 to 5 days, and you will be notified via email on its arrival. There is no charge for this service.