To search databases for electronic versions of primary documents, go to the History database list and focus on the tab for "Historical Documents."
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.
This does NOT even begin to include all printed document collections in the library, but may provide an easy starting point for some topics.
Click on these links to view all the volumes in these series and get call numbers to find them in the library.
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.
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.
Check out our list of online, primary-source collections in U.S. History and Texas History, or search for more digital collections with Google Advanced Search (see the tutorial video on this page).
If you are researching a certain city, state, or region, look for major digital collections created by that city or state.
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