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History: Primary Sources

Finding Primary Sources

Finding primary source material for your topic is easier than you might think.

Many primary sources can be found in the Harbor College Library within books, encyclopedias, or as reprints of the original source.

Many more can be found on reputable websites from universities, government sites, and library websites.

Finding Primary Sources in Books

Search the library catalog using your topic, but add the word "sources," both as subject keywords.

Example:

 Finding primary sources in the book catalog

 

You can search Ebooks the same way.

Searching Ebooks for primary sources

Subheadings used by the Library of Congress to designate primary source material

Archives
Caricatures and cartoons
Correspondence
Diaries
Early works to 1800
Facsimiles
Interviews
Newspapers [e.g., African Americans -- Newspapers]
Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
Pamphlets
Personal narratives (used in relation to specific events only)
Photographs
Pictorial works
Songs and music
Sources
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Treaties

Finding Primary Sources on the Web