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History Research Guide

Primary Source Keywords

Consider using these keywords when searching for primary sources using library catalogs:

  • records
  • manuscripts
  • writings
  • papers
  • letters
  • corresondence
  • documents
  • sources

About Primary Sources

These websites contain information about primary sources - what they are, where to find them, and how to use them in your research:

Using Primary Sources on the Web (American Library Association)

Why Study History Through Primary Sources? (Fordham)

How to Read a Primary Source (Bowdoin)

Library Research Using Primary Sources (Berkeley)

Primary Source Databases and Websites