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Primary Sources: Where to Find

Locate primary sources online and in print.

Finding Primary Sources

This guide contains places to search for primary sources. Regardless of where you look, check whether the documents you find are truly primary sources. The Primary or Secondary? guide can help you decide.

Online Collections

Primary Sources in Books & Ebooks

You might find books and ebooks containing primary sources in QuickSearch. Be aware that you may have to sort through items that are ABOUT primary sources rather than containing the primary sources themselves.

This customized search in QuickSearch is limited to books and ebooks that are likely to contain primary sources. Simply add your term(s) to the search box near the top of the page and hit enter or click the magnifying glass icon.

Example: If you are looking for primary sources related to the Holocaust, add the word Holocaust to the search box.

Screenshot of QuickSearch showing the search terms "primary source holocaust" along with the top result, a book called "Hidden Teens, Hidden Lives: Primary Sources from the Holocaust."

Explore Alaska Archives

To see what the Archives & Special Collections at the UAA/APU Consortium Library has, you may need to search these two ways.

For other institutions with materials related to Alaska, visit SLED.

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This guide is maintained by Daria O. Carle.

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