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How Do I?: Find Primary Sources

What are Primary Sources

Finding Primary Souces in RhinoCat

Tips for Finding Primary Sources in RhinoCat

  • Do an Author search using the name of a person related to your topic to find books, letters, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies written by that person.
  • Do an Author search using the name of the United States President in office at the time to find Public Papers, as well as books, letters, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies.
  • Do a Keyword search of your person's name to identify writings, interviews, speeches in anthologies and collections.

To find primary sources on your topic in our catalog:

  1. Go to the Library homepage: http://taft.bywatersolutions.com/
  2. Paste the following exact word string into the basic keyword search box:
    su,wrdl: personal narratives or su,wrdl: sources or su,wrdl: diaries and kw,phr: vietnam war
  3. Simply substitute your subject or subject phrase for vietnam war

Databases Containing Primary Sources

Primary Sources: Google

To find primary sources using Google, the following will work, but be sure to evaluate the website

This search will find primary source documents relating to the Berlin Wall on the internet.

Search Tip Add the phrase site:gov OR site:edu to limit your results to the domain .gov for U.S. government agencies and the domain .edu for educational institutions in the U.S, the two most reliable domains. You might also find some valuable primary source material in Google Books, which contains millions of digitized books. Books that are in the public domain may be available in their entirety; these include books published in the U.S. before 1923, but also many other works may be available due to failure to renew copyright, for instance. To find books, do a keyword, author, or title search and then click on Tools to display limiters. To find entire books that are available for free, choose Free Google ebooks.

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