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HIST 298: Junior Colloquium

Professor Amna Khalid - Fall 2021

How to find a primary source collection that works for YOUR research

1. Search in Catalyst (see list of subjects below). Note the location (Special Collections or a database) & go directly there and search more!


2. Browse the "Historical Documents" list of databases. Not just for "old stuff", but also includes databases with declassified government documents, newspapers, videos, etc.
3. Visit an Archival collection: at Carleton, the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Historical Society...or many others!


4. Browse ALL databases! Never hurts to look here!

Primary Sources in Catalyst

Search CRL

The Center for Research Libraries has a number of microfilmed collections, international newspapers, and official documents from countries outside the U.S. 

Large Primary Source Collections

Most -- but not all! -- content in these databases is primary sources.