Answered By: Lauren Newton
Last Updated: Apr 05, 2023     Views: 699

Primary documents/sources can be tough to find when looking for historical documents. Make sure to chose search terms that reflect what the people at the time called the period or incident in question. Most of our History databases contain primary documents.  You'll also want to take a look at the Primary Documents page/tab of our research guide for Craft of the Historian.  Links below.

You can always try OneSearch but the available limiters may not be suitable for your research.If you are looking for books, try the classic catalog interface (Catalog tab on the library homepage).  Enter your topic and use the facets to the left to help you specify subject keywords, time periods, etc.  We own some items but many history students turn to Interlibrary Loan to access needed materials.  Luckily, you can get most ILL books in about 1 week.