Jump-start your bibliography
Search your topic in the following reference resources to find articles with robust bibliographies--a reliable method for laying the foundation of your secondary literature review.
Journal articles and more
Use the resources and approaches described here to find journal articles, working papers, conference proceedings, book chapters, government publications, and other materials.
Books and more
To cast a wide net, search these catalogs:
It's just what I need...but it's not at Yale (or it's checked out)
See: Social Science Data Resources
Government and intergovernmental organization documents
Many government and IGO documents are cataloged in Orbis (Yale library catalog) and/or MORRIS (Yale Law Library catalog).
See also the guides to:
Yale Library subscribes to databases that cover a wide range of news sources from around the world.
Search the Yale Finding Aid Database to identify archival and manuscript materials in Yale's libraries and special collections, including Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Manuscripts & Archives (located in Sterling Memorial Library). Finding aids are documents that include information about specific collections--typically, an overview of the collection and its contents, although the level of detail will vary from one finding aid to the next.
To identify archival collections beyond Yale, consult WorldCat, ArchiveGrid, or Archive Finder.
Primary source microfilm and databases
In addition to the primary source materials found in archives and the collections listed above, there are quite a few databases that provide access to digitized collections of primary sources--everything from Winston Churchill's personal correspondence to Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels. The Yale Library also has extensive microfilm collections that contain materials usually found only in faraway archives. Talk to a librarian to learn more about these resources.
Other primary sources
Extensive guide to primary sources at Yale University that includes diverse types of primary sources (manuscripts, maps, data, artifacts, and more), as well as information about relevant Yale collections, catalogs, and online databases.