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Library resources, databases and articles for history research

Searching for Published Primary Sources

Primary sources such as diaries, letters, official documents, drawings, and photographs may be reprinted in books and government documents included in library collections. 

Tips for finding primary sources in the library:

  • Use keywords that label primary sources such as: sources, diaries, correspondence, interviews, oral history, personal narratives, pictorial works, maps.
  • Do author searches for names of people who wrote first-hand accounts.
  • Search for newspapers.


Working with Primary Sources

North America