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HIST 3615/4001: Colonial Latin America

Searching ThomCat for Primary Sources

Primary sources are generally defined as first-hand accounts of an event and are an original work, not derived from other sources.  They may be first-person accounts, such as diaries, letters, or correspondence, as well as interviews, official government records, or court documents.  Visual records, such as paintings or photographs, films, television programs, and even advertisements may be considered primary sources.

Look for primary sources in the library catalog or the Pascal catalog by using the following keywords in combination with other search terms relevant to your topic:

  • sources
  • diaries
  • letters
  • correspondence
  • oral history
  • personal narratives
  • interiew(s)
  • speech(es)

Combine these terms with your topic keywords and search.  Example:  "Toussaint Louverture" AND (letters OR correspondence)

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