Secondary sources are studies done by historians and other researchers by analyzing primary sources. Books and journal articles are the main types of secondary sources.
When starting your keyword search to find articles and books, try to do a balanced search—not too broad but not too narrow either. Use several synonyms to be sure that you find everything relevant to your topic. This is very important when you are focusing on just one country, e.g. Cuba, the Dominican Republic, etc.
To help you develop your research question, check out these books for background information on such topics as slavery and the African Diaspora in the Americas and visit the recommended databases listed on this page to find the articles you need for your research project.
Can Find Articles in your Topic? Try Google Scholar! It is a good place to test your keywords and see what is out there. Good place to start if you are not sure what is your topic too.
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