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How to...Find Primary Sources: Speeches, Interviews, & Memoirs

Guide by Eliza Selander. Send feedback to

Speeches and Interviews


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

In Advanced Search, select Document Type: "Speech." If you want letters from a specific person, topic, or time period, enter a search term, like "Martin Luther King." Or just hit "search" to find a variety of speeches.

Or try: Academic Search Complete

In Advanced Search, select Document Type: "Speech."


Interested in conducting an interview with someone in person? Speak with your professor to find ideas of experts in the field of your research who might be willing to speak with you.



Memoirs & Autobiographies

Try: Library catalog

Search using the keyword "memoir."

Other ideas: Search within the category "Memoirs" at

or try the Memoir section of