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Finding Primary Sources

A guide to finding primary sources for History research.

Introduction

New York Public Library

The purpose of this guide is to help you to identify, locate, and use primary sources in your research.

Click on the tabs to the left of the page to:

  • Read definitions of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources and learn to distinguish between them
  • Locate primary sources at Noreen Reale Falcone Library and beyond
  • Find primary sources by subject
  • Learn how to evaluate and cite primary sources

   

photo courtesy of NYPL Digital Collections

This guide is adapted from Primary Sources Research Guide by Pamela Bloom and Donna Davey, New York University Libraries, 2011.