This video will give a quick demonstration of several tricks to help you locate primary sources in the library catalog.
1. Use the keyword "sources" in the subject row
2. Along with your topic keywords, add the keywords "documents OR documentary"
3. Along with your topic keywords, add keywords for specific kinds of sources (correspondence, diary, manuscripts, etc. - just separate them all with OR)
4. Click on Exact Search, Enter a person's name (backwards), and click subject. Browse for and click on subjects that include words like correspondence, manuscripts, sources, etc.
CAUTION: Some databases contain both primary and secondary source content. Always pay attention to when and by whom a document was written to distinguish primary sources.
Many universities, government agencies, and historical associations provide digital libraries of primary sources on the Internet. Ask your professor to confirm, but websites like these are usually allowed.
If you are researching a certain city, state, or region, look for major digital collections created by that city or state.