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Finding Primary Sources
  1. Think of "keywords" that directly correspond with primary sources:

    Primary sources
    Photographs
    Sources
    Narratives
    Diaries
    Maps
    Journals
    Contemporary literature
    Eyewitness
    Speeches

  2. Think of "keywords" for your historical era or event:

    e.g. "Civil War," "Prohibition," "Cold War"

  3. Choose your search location:

    • Do a search or two in the Library’s Online Catalog putting together your keyword for sources (see #1 above) with your keyword for your era (see #2 above). For any entries found, notice what is listed as the official library "subject heading" for your historical era. Repeat your search using that subject heading and your primary source keyword.

    • Go the The Library of Congress' primary source materials by using Google to find "Library of Congress Primary Sources." You should get a hit on American Memory. You can also go directly to Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

    • From the Poudre River Public Library District's home page:

      • Click on "Research and Information." Then click on Web Links," where you will find an entry for "Primary Sources."

      • Under "eResources" choose one of the JSTOR databases. There are articles in JSTOR which go back over a hundred years.

      • If your topic is after 1934, choose Academic Search Premier under "eResources." Use your keywords from above & restrict your search to the magazine "Vital Speeches."
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