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How to Find Primary Sources in History: Government & Economics

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Published Sources

To locate published primary sources, consider the following search strategies in the Library Catalog:

KEYWORD SEARCHES  Add the following terms to your keyword searches with AND.

     sources

     documents

     diaries

     personal narratives

     (letters OR correspondence)

     public records

     archives

     description and travel

Examples:

      eisenhower AND sources

      holocaust AND (letters or correspondence)

SUBJECT SEARCHES Use Library of Congress Subject Headings.  (Click here to learn more.)

Example:

Economists--Great Britain--Correspondence.

United States--Economic Conditions--Sources.


AUTHOR SEARCHES    Use the names of  people and organizations that are central to your topic as authors. (Hint: If you perform this search in WorldCat, limit your search to books.)

Examples of author searches:

   East India Company

   Smith, Adam

Useful Government Sources