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Primary Sources

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Books that are primary sources can be either books published in the time period of interest or collections of primary source materials published as a book (online and physical). 

  • How to find primary source books in the library
  • Online book collections
  • Selected primary source books


How to Find Primary Source Books

Unfortunately, there is no precise and comprehensive way to search for primary source materials in the library catalog. There are some subject headings that are more likely to be primary sources, such as:



Other terms that you can add to topic-specific keywords: 


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