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PIT FYS - Unsettling Settlers, California Indian Nations, Indigenous Knowledge Perspectives, and Decolonizing Journeys - Prof. Steinman - FA 17

Searching for Primary Sources

You can find many primary sources using Google. Remember that you will want to evaluate the sources to make sure they are acceptable for your research.

Try adding one of the following primary source keywords to searches. Hint: do multiple searches with different primary source keywords.

  • sources
  • "personal narratives"
  • diaries
  • interviews
  • oral history
  • testimony
  • digital library
  • government documents
  • etc.

Finding Primary Sources

Primary sources such as government documents, laws, images, interviews, news accounts, autobiographies, literature and many others can greatly enhance your research. Here are some suggestions for locating primary sources related to the topic of this course.

Honnold Special Collections : Depending on your topic, there may be materials in Special Collections that might be of use to your research.

Autobiographies : Here are some subject heading examples to use in Library Search

Indians of North America Biography

Indians of North America California Biography

Population and Statistics

Indians of North America California Statistics

Travel accounts

Indians of North America Description and travel

Finding Digital and Physical Primary Sources Elsewhere

Historic News and Newspapers