Finding Primary Sources
- Think of "keywords" that directly correspond with primary sources:
- Think of "keywords" for your historical era or event:
e.g. "Civil War," "Prohibition," "Cold War"
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:
- Under "Research" 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 "Research." Use your keywords from above & restrict your search to the magazine "Vital Speeches."
The Library Staff will be happy to assist you in using these resources.
Poudre River Public Library District,
301 E. Olive Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524,
Including the collection of Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus