Finding 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

Search example: sources AND oil AND history

  • 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

Content last reviewed: June 25, 2020