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Types of Primary Sources

Books from the time period you're writing about

  • Search the library catalogs: by topic and limit by date of publication

Memoirs, letters, interviews, autobiographies, diaries

  • Search the library catalogs:  for the name of an individual as an author (last name, first name)
  • If you do not have the name of an individual, search by topic and add the appropriate subject terms to the subject heading:

    -Personal narratives

Example:  subject keywords:  Japanese Americans interviews

  • Browse the regional state or country web site for transcripts of oral histories on a wide variety of subjects.