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Below are Subject Heading search terms to find primary sources

Primary Sources in the Library's Catalog

When using a library catalog to search for primary sources, you may have to wade through many pages of secondary source material to find primary documents for your project.  Here are some tips to help you locate these documents quickly.

Important Keywords
Manuscript collections or archives of organizational records often include some of the following keywords in their titles or content descriptions. By including these words as keywords in a search, you have a better chance of finding collections of historical documents:

personal narratives diaries speeches
correspondence letters archives
interviews autobiography pamphlets
memoirs maps sources

Ex.  Type in your search like this:  ex. National Council of American Indians AND correspondence

Note: Use truncation to pick up both the singular and plural form of these keywords.

Search By Author
When searching for primary documents on a person, try using the person's name as an Author search (LastName, FirstName).  When correspondence is cataloged, the writer of the letter (your topic) is generally listed as the author of the collection. (Example: au:Frankfurter, Felix).  This same strategy works for organizations, too (Example:  au: National Council of American Indians)

Primary Sources covering American History (All Subjects)

American History Primary Sources (all time periods & subjects)

Government Documents

Primary & Secondary Sources

Magazine Articles from the Time Period

Newspaper Articles from the Time Period

Race, Ethnic, Gender Databases (include primary & secondary sources)

Article Databases:

Go to the Databases by Subject list for other subject databases.

Librarian Contact for this LibGuide

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Sally Neal
I am the subject librarian for:

CCOM: Strategic Communication, Journalism, Sports Media, Esports, Exploratory Communication; LAS: English, Exploratory Studies.

Temporary contact for: Philosophy & Religion, Political Science

Schedule an appt. with me for research support in these disciplines.

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Citation Management


MLA Style

Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a trusted source for citation style instructions.  

The Purdue Online Writing Lab Citation Guide


Primary Sources: United States History


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