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Primary Sources: Overview

Find and use primary sources in your research.

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The purpose of this guide is to help users to identify, locate, and use primary sources in their research.

Click on the tabs near the top of the page to:

  • Read definitions of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources and learn to distinguish between them
  • Locate primary sources at Bobst Library and beyond
  • Find primary sources by subject
  • Learn how to evaluate and cite primary sources
  • Link to the Using Archives & Manuscripts Research Guide for additional research assistance