Primary Sources

A guide to the best resources for primary sources in UTSA databases, online digital collections, government sources, and more.

Searches That Work

One of the best places to look 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


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