These two videos show how to find primary source documents using the library's catalog.
The first video shows how to do a Library of Congress SUBJECT HEADINGS search. (3:00)
The second video shows how to search the person as AUTHOR. (1:07)
Another way to find primary source documents is to search the person as AUTHOR in the library's catalog.
Searching the person's name as AUTHOR will retrieve books written by the person, which means you will read that person's account and perspective on events nd ideas.
Here are tips for finding primary source documents in the library's catalog.
To find the appropriate SUBJECT HEADINGS in the catalog:
Do a KEYWORD search on the subject and add one of the primary source subject headings. Use quotation marks for exact phrases.
For example: "iraq war" and sources.
Then select a relevant title.
Click on the appropriate SUBJECT HEADING to see more titles about the same subject.
From this SUJECT HEADINGS list, browse to find relevant subject headings with primary source documents.
Examples of SUJBECT HEADINGS with primary source documents, include Sources and Statistics.
Books with the "Sources" SUBJECT HEADING are collections of primary source documents, such as historical documents, government documents and speeches.
Personal narratives. These books are first hand accounts of the events written or told by individuals who witnessed or participated in them. Most are memoirs.
Interviews. These tend to be either books or documentary videos.
Law and legislation. These books are collections of laws.
Another way to find primary source documents in the library catalog is to search the person as AUTHOR in the catalog.
Searching the person's name as AUTHOR will retrieve books written by the person, which means you will read that person's account and perspective on events and ideas.
For example, search "putin" as AUTHOR. You will retrieve books written by Vladimir Putin.
In comparison, searching "putin" as KEYWORD will retrieve books about Vladimir Putin.