Don't let the idea of finding primary sources overwhelm you. This guide will take you step-by-step through identifying, searching for, and understanding primary sources.
Primary Sources: Framing the Search
Think about the types of records or documents that would have been created at the time period surrounding events and issues related to your topic. Look for these things! Below are some guiding questions that will frame your search for various types of resources (primary sources listed in parentheses).
* Special thanks for the librarians at Loyola Marymount University (LA) with their creation of much of the content regarding primary source searching on this guide.
In addition to your topic keywords and subject terms, make a list of keywords you can use to search for primary sources, specifically focusing on the types of materials you may want.
Below are two lists of potential terms and an image of a search in WorldCat Research Station using these concepts.
When searching for multiple source types that are related (see diaries, etc. above), use the all-caps OR in between the related words to expand your search and increase searching efficiencies.
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