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Browse library resources for the study of Portuguese

Subject Specialist

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Amy Frazier
Davis Family Library 206

Tip: What's a Primary Source?

Primary sources were created at the time of an event or period. They are often the product of an eyewitness or an original creator. They might be original reports of an event, artifacts from an event or time period, or creative works, and include:

  • memoirs
  • letters
  • interviews
  • pottery
  • novels
  • poems

Secondary sources interpret, analyze, or contextualize primary sources. They are second-hand interpretations. They might include:

  • documentaries
  • biographies
  • textbooks
  • research articles 


Tip: Useful Keywords

Add Primary Source Keywords to Your Search Terms

  • autobiography
  • memoir
  • sources
  • personal narrative*
  • letters
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • diary
  • interview*
  • oral history
  • archives
  • speeches
  • notebooks, sketchbooks

Kenya and history and (letters or correspondence or narratives)

This technique can be used in LibrarySearch, MIDCAT, or other databases.

Tip: How Do I Find Primary Sources?

Newspaper Articles

Tip: Use keywords that would have been used during the time period you are researching. After viewing results, narrow by publication date.

Archival Collections

Primary Sources on the Web