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Some primary sources, such as autobiographies, are easily found doing a simple search in your library catalog. However, this usually isn't the case.
An excellent place to identify primary sources is in the bibliography of a quality secondary source on your topic. Some will even have a separate bibliography just for primary sources. With a good citation, you may find these in the OCCC Catalog or WorldCat.
When searching library catalogs, searching your subject along with primary source descriptor is often useful. For example, try:
Some databases do NOT require the "AND" limiter. Therefore, also try searching like this:
Other descriptors include:
Newspaper accounts written during or shortly after an event has happened may be considered primary sources.
Proquest Historical Newspapers is a database offering full-text coverage of the following newspapers:
When searching the Proquest database, it is recommended that in addition to searching by a subject keyword term, you also narrow by date. In order to be a primary source, the date should be close to the date of the event you are researching.