"Primary sources are materials produced by people or groups directly involved in the event or topic under consideration, either as participants or as witnesses....Some primary sources are written documents, such as letters, diaries, newspaper and magazine articles, speeches, autobiographies, treatises, census data, and marriage , birth, and death registers...(Some primary resources) are not written, like works of art, films, recordings, and interviews."
From Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2007), 6-7.
Finding Primary Sources in the Library Catalog
The best way to find primary sources in the library catalog is by using Library of Congress Subject Headings, which often include the following words:
However these subject headings are not intuitive, therefore it is best that you do a Keyword search for your topic and one of the words above. Example:
Once you find a title of interest, open the record and link to similar sources by clicking on the appropriate subject heading.
The Times Digital Archive (London) provides access to the entire newspaper, with all news articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos, editorial and commentary, features, and people (births, deaths, marriages, obituaries) divided into categories to facilitate searching.
A valuable primary source tool for history, social science research, arts, and humanities courses, the Times Digital Archive (The Times, London) presents online access to one of the most highly regarded resources for the study of 19th- and 20th-century history. Coverage: 1785-2006
FBIS Daily reports include English-language, full-text broadcasts and news transcripts—translated as needed—from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, China, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Soviet Union.
The Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports has been the United States' principal record of political and historical open source intelligence for nearly 70 years. The original mission of the FBIS was to monitor, record, transcribe and translate intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories. Translated into English from more than 50 languages — from Arabic to Swahili — these comprehensive media reports from around the globe include news, interviews, speeches and editorial commentary.