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How to...Find Primary Sources: Published & Unpublished Papers

Guide by Eliza Selander. Send feedback to eselander@nvcc.edu.

Letters, Manuscripts, and Diaries

Letters

Try: U.S. History in Context or World History in Context

- In Advanced Search, select Content Type: "Primary Sources."

- Bonus: In Advanced Search, select Document Type: "Correspondence" or "Letter" or both. If you want letters from a specific person, topic, or time period, enter a search term, like "Abraham Lincoln." Or just hit "search" to find a variety of letters.

Manuscripts

Try: NYPL Digital Gallery

- Browse images in Arts and Literature

or History and Geography to find manuscripts.

For local history try: Document Bank of Virginia

-Search or browse manuscripts relevant to Virginia's history.

Diaries & Journals

Try: U.S. History in Context or World History in Context

- In Advanced Search, select Content Type: "Primary Sources."

- Bonus: In Advanced Search, select

Document Type: "Diary Entry."

Newspapers and Magazines

Newspapers

Try: ProQuest Research Library

- In Advanced Search, select Source Type: "Newspapers."

Try: Historic American Newspapers, a database at the Library of Congress.

- Use Advanced Search to search by location, publication, or date range. Or browse the complete list.

Try: Answers to Common Questions:

-How do I find historic newspaper articles?

-How do I find recent newspaper articles?