Adapted from this DePaul University guide, here are some useful search terms that will help you find books that can serve as primary sources in your research.
This list contains a number of useful online resources for finding books that can serve as primary resources. These resources are particularly helpful for finding books published before 1926, the public domain cutoff date as of 2021.
Remember that books and ebooks can serve as either primary or secondary sources, depending on how you use them. Below is a list of some books held by Duke that can serve as primary sources (and also, potentially, as secondary sources). You'll notice that each of them uses at least one of the search terms suggested in the box to the left.
The Diaries of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii, 1885-1900, edited by David W. Forbes (2019). Uses search term "diaries."
Speeches on the Nigerian Civil War: A Historical Documentation, edited by Onianwa Oluchukwu Ignatus (2019). Uses search term "speeches"
Women Philosophers of Eighteenth-Century England: Selected Correspondence, edited by Jacqueline Bond (2020). Uses search term "correspondence"
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