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Primary Sources: Introduction
How to find primary sources, in print, in manuscripts, and in electronic formats.
*From the intranet, select Academics and choose Libraries
*Click Online Resources, and then choose Find a LibGuide.
*Choose the Go to A to Z List in the blue box on the right.
*Select a database from the Alphabetical Listing. *Enter CAS user name and password when prompted after clicking on the database.
The following list is not intended to be exhaustive, nor
does it provide a taxonomy of sources. You can use this list, though, to think
about which types of sources may have information about your topic.
Judicial records (e.g., probate records, case reports)
Legislative records (e.g., bills, votes,
Logs of a voyage or trip
Records of executive/bureaucratic branch of
government (e.g., executive orders, rolls, licenses, tax records, registers of
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When searching for primary sources, it helps to have a
definite plan. Follow these steps:
your topic. Are you researching the history of an event? a theme? an
institution? an idea? a place? You can find sources, but you won't know if
they're helpful unless you know what question you're trying to answer.
the types of resources that might help you answer that question. Do you need correspondence? diaries? newspapers?
government records? Be imaginative in thinking of the types of sources that
could possibly answer your question. Doubtless you will come across additional
sources when you begin your research; this list is just the beginning.
the places that you might find such sources. Will they be held in state
archives? in museums? in libraries? Will they be available online? You will
have to check with each possible repository to see what it has available.