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HSS 578 - American Popular Culture: Primary Sources

Research Tip

Always do reading in secondary sources before looking for primary sources.  Often times, information in secondary sources will lead you to a primary source.  For example, an article in a reference book might reference a speech or letter written by the person you are researching.

Types of Primary Sources

  • Autobiographies
  • Diaries/Journals
  • Letters
  • Speeches
  • Travel Accounts
  • Messages and Papers
  • Government Documents
  • Magazine/Newspaper Articles
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
  • Other Non-Text Materials

Journal Finder

Looking for an article in a specific journal?  Try the journal finder!  Type the title of the journal into the box, not the journal article title.

Search for Periodical Titles

Primary Sources in Databases

ALWAYS use the date range feature when searching for primary source newspaper articles.  An article is only a primary source if it was published at the time in which an event took place.

Newspapers:

Popular Press:

Documents:

Images & Objects:

Search the OWHL Catalog

             Primary Sources in the OWHL Catalog

                 

 

Do a keyword search for your topic and include the words primary source in your search string. For example: when looking for primary sources about Frederick Douglass you should type Frederick Douglass primary source into the search box.

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