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Resource Guide:
Finding Primary Sources

Sample Subject Headings

Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search.

  • Journal
  • Artifacts
  • Diary
  • Memorabilia
  • Letters
  • Photograph
  • Archive
  • Oral history
  • Manuscript
  • Memoir
  • Map (or historical map)
  • Autobiography
  • Government documents
  • Realia (functional objects used by people. Ex. tools, board games, textiles, etc.)

Research Databases

Large Collections

Government Documents and Archives

Civil Rights

Pioneer/Westward Migration

War/Military

Depression

American Revolution/Founding Fathers

Maps

Photographs

Regions

Newspapers

Other