Although this guide may prove useful for many disciplines, it is primarily focused on resources for the humanities. For more information about finding primary sources for the sciences, visit the Evolution of Scientific Information page.
Some primary source materials can be found by searching MUSCAT , the library catalog, using a keyword or subject search. Additional primary sources may be found in Gettysburg College's Special Collections.
--caricatures and cartoons
Ex: United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
When looking for primary sources, it is helpful to think of them in 4 categories:
Published Works includes materials such as books, textbooks, and pamphlets published during the time period being studied.
Popular press materials include information found in newspapers, magazines and journals.
Public records include a variety of materials such as church records, vital records, laws, bills, census data and court records.
Personal accounts include letters, diaries, slave narratives and oral histories.
Primary sources may be found in the library on paper, in databases to which the library subscribes, and on free Internet sites.