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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.
Historical Newspapers: New York Times (1851-2016)
This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
Working with Primary Sources
Research Strategies for Working with Primary Sources
A primary source document or collection is the “raw stuff” of history. Diaries, letters, newspapers, recordings and films provide an upfront, often revealing, glimpse at a particular person, event or historical time period. When using primary source material, it is important to devise a sound research strategy. Follow the link above for more details.