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Primary Sources - An Introductory Guide

Tips on searching

When searching the catalog through WorldCat Local combine your topic (such as a subject, personal name, or place name) with the words "history sources" to find works not only about the topic but with documents and primary sources related to the topic.


  • pirate history sources
  • humanism history sources
  • women france history sources

Info on primary sources

Primary sources come in a variety of formats: they can be unprinted, printed, online, or in an archives.  It is the nature of the document that makes it a primary source.  If you are unsure what a primary source is, you may wish to start with these introductions:

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