About this page
These sections provide general information relating to primary sources.
- What are primary sources?
- Find primary sources via the library catalogue
- Cite primary sources
- Visit archives
This page has 3 subtabs that help you find primary sources by geographical area:
What are primary sources?
First hand observations of a time, person or event, or material culture associated with a time, person or event.
newspaper and magazine articles .. diaries .. letters .. government reports .. minutes .. advertisements .. photographs .. military, church, synagogue records .. shopping lists .. Twitter tweets .. YouTube videos and comments .. Facebook posts ..
This toothpaste ad appeared in Collier's magazine in 1943. "How to catch a husband" by Bob Hope. Step 1: "Of course, you know what a husband is! That's a bank account with pants and an empty stomach ..."
Find primary sources on all manner of topics
via the library catalogue
This quick search targets records describing primary documents. Give it a try.
- Run the pre-configured library catalogue search. THEN ...
- In the 2nd blank box add your own keyword(s) relating to your topic. Separate keywords with AND to ensure all terms appear in the records you retrieve.
Here's an example using poverty AND laws