How Do I Find?



Primary Sources

The following web sites, catalogs, and databases give history scholars access to primary sources:

Example search for primary sources in WorldCat:

  • Type Abigail Adams in the first text box. Type "correspondence" in the second text box.
  • Click on Search.
  • Optional: substitute the word “correspondence” with other terms that denote primary sources:
    • Archival resources
    • Archives
    • Diaries
    • Sources
    • Interviews
    • Narratives
    • Manuscripts
    • Photographs
    • Public opinion
    • Pictorial works

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WorldCat search for primary sources.

See also: Historical Methods Subject Guide


For further assistance locating books, please visit, call or email the Rice Library Reference Desk: (812) 464-1907 / 1-800-246-6173, or