When you search the library catalog, begin with a simple keyword search to identify one or more relevant resources. Keyword terms used to find primary sources can include:
|- Personal narratives||- Diaries|
|- Correspondence||- Letters|
|- Interviews||- Autobiography|
|- Memoirs||- Maps|
|- Pamphlets||- Speeches|
|- Sources||- Archives|
|- Archival Resources|
Examples of keyword searches might look like:
Once you identify appropriate items, Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings can be used to narrow your search and link you to similar resources with the same subject heading. Subject headings are found under the "Subjects" or "Full Record" tabs.
We offer a large number of newspaper and news databases, both current and historical. Several ones of particular interest:
Open access web sites provide millions of digitized primary source documents.
This local guide provides assistance in pursuing research using primary sources, especially those we have available here in several formats: paper, republication, microfilm, and electronic. The database below helps identifies primary source repositories around the world.
ArchiveGrid serves as a single point of entry that provides online access to descriptions of archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives worldwide.