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Primary Sources

This guide is to help users to identify, locate, and use primary sources in their research.

Primary Sources by Subject

Black and white drawing of a cross section of the New York Public Library.Each field of study has its own world of sources, conventions, and vocabularies.  Ask your subject librarian for assistance finding primary sources in your field. 

Guides for primary sources in selected subjects:

Find primary sources for other subjects on the main Research Guides page

Image: A sectional view of the New York Public Library. (1911).  IImage ID: 805999.  New York Public Library.   Original Source:  From Scientific American. (New York : Munn Co., 1845-).  Source:  Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection / New York City -- New York Public Library.  Catalog Call #: PC NEW YC-New.


NYU libraries subscribes to hundreds of databases, many of which contain primary source materials.  Consult the Articles & Databases page to find electronic resources by subject.

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