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HIST 380 History of Mexico: Home

Research Help

If you need help researching your topic, sign up for a one-on-one Student Research Consultation (SRC) with a reference librarian who can help guide you through your research project.

Advice on Searching for Primary Sources

You will get limited results if you try to search for "primary sources" in library databases since the Library of Congress does not use that subject heading.  Try searching these search terms instead:

sources
personal narratives
documents
speeches
memoirs
diaries
documents
interviews
oral history
letters

You will get limited results searching for the word "autobiography" since the Library of Congress does not use that subject heading.  Try searching for "biography" but then look to make sure that the author is also listed as a subject. That is your clue that the person is writing about him or herself, and that is a primary source.