A Secondary source is defined as: A source that discusses a prior event from an academic or research or layperson perspective. The key here is that the resource is from some time after the event. An example of this would be a book about the American Civil War or an article in a journal publication discussing the importance of the Battle of Gettysburg. A book will NOT typically be a primary resource unless it is a compilation of letters or diary entries or documents.
Learn a little about your city with background sources first, using encyclopedias or handbooks. You would not use these in your final paper as a source, but these may give you ideas on cities, city neighborhoods or districts of interest.
Locate books from the library catalog. Search for your topic, one or more words (any word(s) that can describe you topic) or by subject .
For subject searches change to the "Subject" box in the catalog. Type in a single word. You will see a list of sub headings that you can search as well.
Other terms: urbanization, urban history
Additional library catalogs and interlibrary loan
If our library does not own a book that you need, there are other choices: