Finding and Using Primary Sources

Begin with:

Searching for primary sources:

Search your topic (or historical person of interest) using Omni, the library's main search box to find primary sources (or reproductions) in our collection. Keyword searches that include the following terms will identify primary materials most of the time. Boolean operators (command words) must be in CAPS - AND, OR, NOT

Example: nurses AND war AND diar*

  • Diar* (for diary or diaries)
  • Correspondence
  • Letters
  • Memoir
  • Personal narrative
  • Recollections
  • Reminiscences
  • Journal
  • Sources

 Other search tips:

Citing Primary Sources

Historical Newspaper Databases

Primary Sources on the web

Other libraries with significant primary source collections:

  • Center for Research Libraries (CRL) - Carleton University Library is a member of the CRL consortium. It regularly acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives, and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching and makes them available to member institutions through your RACER account.

 

Content last reviewed: January 26, 2021