When looking for primary sources…
Books themselves may be primary sources, or may contain primary source material, such as images, letters, or speeches. The Books and eBooks guide below shows best places to search for books, including the Library's home page search box. Methods for unearthing primary source material in book catalogs and online collections include:
Limit by topic words. Use keywords from the primary sources list on this guide's home page (diaries, photographs, correspondence, etc.) combined with topic words, to narrow your search to primary sources. For example: Colorado diaries
Limit by year of publication. A book written in the year of a historical event, may itself be a primary source.
Locate bibliographies. You may find a book-length bibliography which points to primary sources for your topic area. Combine topic keyword(s) with the word bibliography. Sample titles are below.
Note on Skyline: The Library's classic catalog does not contain thousands of historic ebooks discoverable through the Library's home page search box. Therefore, it's not your best choice when seeking historic primary source books through Auraria Library.
The Auraria Library subscribes and links to numerous online collections containing primary resources from time periods throughout history, worldwide.
Locate these collections using the "Search for Databases by Keyword" search box, on the Databases List page, linked from the Auraria Library home page.
Use the phrase "Primary Sources" alone in the database search box, or add recommended keywords to filter the results:
Here are just a few examples of noteworthy databases featuring nothing but primary resources.
Public documents are also primary sources and include property records, corporation registrations, patents, trademarks, military records, licenses and permits, voter registration, court judgments, laws and regulations, and marriage, divorce, birth and death records, and more. Depending on the type of record, the information may be kept at the local, state, or national level and arrangements for finding and accessing public documents vary from state to state.
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