HIST 3140: Society & Culture in the Middle Ages

Finding Primary Sources

Finding Primary Sources Online

Primary or Secondary Source?

A primary source is first-hand information created during the time that you are researching. 

A secondary source is second-hand information, often written by an expert who draws on both primary and contextual information.  

Search Tips for Primary Sources

To search for primary sources in catalogs and databases, try some of these keywords:

  • sources
  • documents
  • letters 
  • correspondence
  • memoirs