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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.
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 By including these words as keywords in a search, you have a better chance of finding collections of historical documents:
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)
American History Primary Sources (all time periods & subjects)
Magazine Articles from the Time Period
Newspaper Articles from the Time Period
Race, Ethnic, Gender Databases (include primary & secondary sources)
Go to the Databases by Subject list for other subject databases.