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Finding Primary Sources in Books
These are some of the most commonly used subject headings to describe published books that include primary sources. Do a subject keyword search in the HSU Catalog to locate primary sources in books:
Narrowing Down by Topic
Now that we know how to locate primary sources in books, try adding additional subject keywords to locate books on your topic of interest. Some examples may include:
There are several places to search for photographs as primary resources. Try these to start:
A primary source is:
Primary sources can be:
Primary sources can also be reproduced in published books such as:
This book tells the firsthand account of William Anderson's travels through the American West in the early 1830s, even though the book was published in 1967.
Secondary sources are works that interpret or analyze primary research, data, or firsthand accounts of an event.