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Primary Sources

What primary sources are, where to find them, and how to evaluate them.

Search Strategies

In the databases, type the terms "primary sources," speeches, or documents in addition to your subject or keyword(s) in the search bar. This should help narrow your results to different types of primary sources. 

SEARCH EXAMPLE

If your research topic is "what factors led to the establishment of labor unions in the 1800s," you could try searching for some of the following:

  • "labor unions" AND 1800s AND documents
  • "labor unions" AND 1800s AND ("primary source" OR "primary sources")
  • unions AND labor AND 1800s AND documents