Primary sources are original records created during the time under study. Because they were present during the experience, they offer an inside first-hand view of a particular event unfiltered by interpretation, criticism, or evaluation.
A guide to finding, evaluating, and using primary source materials created by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of the American Library Association (ALA).
Use terms as Subjects that show subdivisions, e.g., personal narratives, sources, diaries, etc.
Civil War - sources
Immigrants - personal narratives
Women's suffrage - diaries
Eleanor Roosevelt - letters
(Make sure the subdivisions above are plural . . . diaries and not diary).
*[Research interest or person] - correspondence or diaries
*Rule: Sources goes with topics; Archives goes with people and organizations. To be safe, try this: [research interest] - sources or archives
*From the book Magic search: Getting the best results from your catalog and beyond/Kornegay, R.S., et al. (2009), Chicago: American Library Association.
To learn more about using Library of Congress sub-divisions when searching, read MagicSearch, available in the Reference section of the Fordham Westchester Library, call number: REF Z695.Z8 L523 2009.
The following icons are used in the databases lists:
|Limited simultaneous users.|
|Open access content.|
|Contains multimedia content such as music or video.|
|Contains statistics / data.|