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Primary Sources

A basic guide for identifying and locating primary sources.

Primary Sources Searching- Catalogs

Search for published primary sources in CatalogUSMAI or Worldcat. Use your topic as a keyword or subject AND the term "sources or documents or narratives" as a second subject term. This is what identifies titles having primary sources.

Additional  terms 'papers', 'diaries',  'correspondence' as well as 'sources or documents or narratives' will expand a search for primary sources. Searches can also be narrowed by adding additional subject terms for events or periods.



Primary Source Databases