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Approaches to Finding Primary Sources
To discover primary sources generally, try these approaches:
- Scour the bibliographies and notes of relevant secondary sources such as articles, books, and dissertations on your topic. They are necessarily drawing on relevant primary sources. We may or may not have access then to those primary sources.
- Search in our catalog or in WorldCat and include these subject terms: Personal narratives, Facsimiles, Diaries, Correspondence, Sources. Alternately, try including document? [in our catalog] or document* [in WorldCat] as a key word for mentions of "documents" or "documentary" in the title or description.
- Browse through the many different primary sources and collections of such documents described on the other pages of this guide to find sources relevant for your needs.