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Latin American Studies

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What are primary sources?

Primary sources are the original works, creations, or phenomena from a certain time period that scholars analyze in order to produce insight. Primary sources can include:

  • correspondence (personal and public)
  • fiction, (i.e poetry)
  • memoirs and diaries
  • artwork and photographs
  • artifacts
  • political demonstrations

How to find primary sources in Catalyst

There is no way to limit search results to "primary sources" in Catalyst, but there are a couple of ways to identify primary sources on a results page if you know the type of primary sources you are searching for.

Using Catalyst  main search box:

  • Type in your keyword and hit search
  • On your results page, on the left-hand side, browse through "Material Types" and "genre/form."

Using Catalyst advanced search:

  • Using the Catalyst "advanced search," type in your KEYWORD/S and limit to "subject." 
  • In the second search box below, add additional terms such as "personal narratives," "memoirs," or "maps," depending on the type of primary source you are hoping to find.  Limit this second search box to "genre." For examples, you can search for Roman Empire (subject) and maps (genre).
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