Books: For topics with long histories, your easiest access to both secondary and primary sources is from material that has been published for distribution. Individual names can be used for locating both (see examples). Older published material that is now out of copyright (pre-1924) may be available through HathiTrust. Use this quick quide for help in locating ebooks in the UMBC collections.
[Primary source] Burton, Richard Francis, Sir [as author] : Personal narrative of a pilgrimage to al-Madinah & Meccah, by Sir Richard F. Burton. Edited by his wife, Isabel Burton. (Dover, 1964.) "Unabridged republication of the memorial edition, as published by Tylston and Edwards in 1893." *Note: Print copy at UMBC. Full text digital copy available from HathiTrust as this is out of copyright.
[Secondary source] Burton, Richard Francis [as subject]: Paths Without Glory : Richard Francis Burton in Africa (Potomac Books, 2010) . Full text available online from UMBC, print available in USM.
General searching for secondary sources can be done using this search or similar in the Books, Media advance search tab and in Worldcat. Some primary source material will also surface this way:
This search returns 555 records, 445 of which are ebooks. Representative titles from this search [limited to ebooks]:
Primary sources, usually diaries, letters, logbooks, church records, etc. can also so be discovered with this search. Add another line to the search: AND 'sources or documents or narratives" to retrieve published primary sources. There will be fewer titles. Examples:
Additionally, online full-text titles from Classical authors are available in the Loeb Classical Library
Dissertations and theses have original research, extensive bibliographies, and literature reviews. Dissertation Abstracts is primarily from North American institutions, NDLDT from worldwide institutions.