Primary sources are generally considered to be firsthand accounts
of an event or the actual documents associated with an event.
Firsthand accounts can be found in diaries, memoirs, letters,
speeches, autobiographies, scholarly articles giving the results of
research, etc. Documents might be laws, treaties, transcripts
of hearings, court cases, etc.
Here's how to find them in the Library.
Speeches, letters, journals, diaries, etc. of an individual may
be found by looking in the Library Catalog for the name of that
person as an author.
Montagu, Mary Wortley, Lady
Books which are collections of personal stories or reminiscences
of an event are listed with the subdivision PERSONAL NARRATIVES.
Do a keyword search in the Library Catalog.
narratives and french revolution
Books that are collections of various documents from a particular
country will have the word SOURCES as part of the subject in the
Library Catalog. Use s:sources as part of your keyword search.
You can also search for a particular event in the same way.
great britain and women and s:sources
s:sources and russia and women
The Library also has a large microform collection containing
primary source material.
Click to view the entire list of our
Microform Collections by subject. See the
SubjectsPlus page for specific collections relevant to this