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Find Primary Sources: Finding Primary Sources Using Library Databases

Finding Digital Primary Sources Using Library Databases

To search in these resources, construct a search similar to the one below, using the terms off of the list at the bottom.

Picture of JSTOR search box with the words "slavery" and "personal narratives" in two separate boxes

Useful search terms for finding primary sources: 

  • Personal narratives 

  • Correspondences

  • Biography (autobiography is not an official subject heading—use Biography, then check to see if the author is a subject)

  • Oral history

  • Sources

  • Letter

  • Pamphlet