Primary Sources

Searches That Work

The best place to start looking for primary sources is in the footnotes, endnotes, or bibliography of a good secondary source!

Find primary source materials by searching Library Quick Search using some of the keywords that describe your subject in combination with one or more of the following terms:

  • personal narratives
  • letters
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • writings
  • memoirs
  • manuscripts
  • travelers
  • archives
  • records
  • documents / documentaries
  • sources
  • papers of...
  • indexes
  • bibliography
  • catalogs
  • guides

Examples:

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Use Library Quick Search to search for books and articles across many databases in a single search.