HIST 344: Antebellum America

What is a Primary Source?

Finding Primary Sources

Finding Primary Sources in Primo

Start your search in the CSU Libraries catalog with a subject or keyword subject, then enter one of the following words as a separate subject, then click on search.  

Sources [will pull up collections of documents]

  • Diaries
  • Correspondence
  • Interviews
  • Personal narratives

You may also want to try for certain keywords in the title, usually the subtitle, such as "documentary history," "letters," or "papers." You will almost certainly get some false hits, but you can weed through them.

Examples of Primary Sources Located in Primo

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