Because we are working in an online learning environment, please select from the list of possible primary sources provided by Prof. Smith (available on Canvas). The information provided below provides an overview of strategies for identifying and locating primary sources when both print and online sources are available.
Books in Primo are assigned Library of Congress Subject Headings. In many ways, subject headings are a form of tagging, in that they represent the content of the material and provide ways for you to efficiently locate more materials that are conceptually related.
Library of Congress Subject Headings are also quite useful for discovering primary sources. The following subheadings usually are added to indicate that the material is a primary source: sources, personal narratives, correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, or notebooks. Once you've discovered the subject heading for secondary sources, try adding one of the primary source subheadings to see what you find. Here are some examples:
When you know the author of the texts you are seeking, simply do an author search in Primo. If a name has alternate spellings, you may need to try out a couple of them to get to the right one.