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How can I find primary sources using Library Search?

Use advanced library search to find different types of primary sources, including those in the UA Special Collections.

  1. At the top of the screen, choose the Classic search button. This will search for published primary sources and other primary source materials.
  2. In the first search box, type your major search topic.
  3. On the second line, change Any Field to Subject.
  4. Enter the type of resource you are looking for on the Subject line. For example:
  • Sources
  • Interview
  • Personal narratives
  • Statistics
  • Diaries
  • Correspondence
  • Archives

5. You can search more than one of these by putting OR between words (on the same line). Click on Search.

Any field contains: Mexican revolution AND
Subject contains: interviews OR sources (put these on the same line and "OR" must be capitalized)

This doesn’t mean your search results will only be primary sources. They may include a mix of published primary sources and secondary sources. You will need to review them.


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See also:
What are primary sources and where can I find them?
How can I find primary sources in UA Libraries Special Collections?
How can I find and use library databases that contain digitized primary sources?

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