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Finding Primary Sources

A guide to finding primary sources for History research.


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, New York University Libraries, 2023.

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