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Locating Primary Documents
Generally speaking, Primary Source Documents represent artifacts from the time of an "historical event." This might be in the form of contemporary newspaper or magazine accounts, legislation of the time, personal correspondence or memoirs of participants, etc. Often, when searching the Catalog for primary documents, the Library of Congress Subject Headings will have subdivisions indicating primary source materials. Examples of these subdivisions would include: Sources, Diaries, Interviews, Correspondence, Personal Narratives, Archival Resources, etc. Also remember that a scholarly secondary source (e.g., book or article) on your topic may well cite primary souces documents. Sometimes, this is the easiest way into the primary documents -- where a scholar has already done much of the legwork for you. One example of this for Morrison's A Mercy might be: How America's first settlers invented chattel slavery : dehumanizing native Americans and Africans with language, laws, guns, and religion. Davis Library (4th floor) & Undergrad Library E441 .O765 2004. Documentary Histories often reproduce primary historical documents that might well be rare and inaccessible.
For more detailed guidance, see Finding Primary Source Documents
Potentially Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings
Newspapers & Magazines
Use these databases to identify contemporary articles on your topic from newspapers, magazines.
This database includes 11 digitized historical newspapers, including the New York Times, L.A. Times, etc. To search for contemporary articles first determine the date of your "event" or topic (e.g., Housing and Desegregation in Chicago).
Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890 - ca.1982)
Readers' Guide Retro. is an important index to popular magazines for the period indicated, e.g. The Atlantic Monthy, The Nation. However, many on these magazines have Not yet been digitized and may only exist in print (most of which the Library holds). Bound print journals (in Davis Library) are given a call number just like a book, then arranged by volume/year. First try your search, e.g. Jewish refugees fleeing Europe. From the article citation, select the Find@UNC icon. If the article happens to be full text (unlikely), select it. If not full text, then select the Look for this in print in the UNC Liraries link.If we have the magazine for this particular date & issue, you should get a library location and call number for the magazine/journal. If this fails, also search the catalog (below) for a Journal Title search (pull down menu) to double check.
Amerca's News iincludes the complete electronic editions of 827 newspapers -- dates vary from 1980s/90s to the present.