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Primary Sources: Locating Primary Sources

This guide discusses what primary sources are, and how you can find primary sources

Tips for finding books that are primary sources

Finding books that are primary sources can be tricky.  While there are no subject headings for primary sources, there are a few tips that you can use to help find books.

  • If you are looking for primary information about a person, do an AUTHOR search using the persons name.  This will return any books that the library has that the person has written, including autobiographies and journals which are primary sources
  • Do a title search for the word journal or diary.
  • Look in government document collections, you would be surprised what type of primary information you can find there.


The following archives may be useful for your research.

Useful Databases for finding Primary Sources