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Primary Source Guide for History Students: Books and CONSORT

Created to primarily help OWU history students find, evaluate, and use primary source materials located in the OWU Libraries and beyond.

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Finding Primary Sources Using CONSORT

One of the best ways to find a primary source in CONSORT is doing a Subject Search.

When your results are returned, the subject you searched should be divided into different categories like time period, georgraphy or source type. Notice below, when doing a Subject Search for George Washington, the subject heading as you should enter it in your search is:  Washington George 1732 1799. The results of this Subject Search will further break down the subject into categories highlighted below.

                                  Washington George 1732 1799 Diaries

                                  Washington George 1732 1799 Drama

                                  Washington George 1732 1799 Early Works to 1800

                                  Washington George 1732 1799 Encyclopedias

These categories or phrases attached to the end of your subject headings (highlighted in red above) most often indicate if something is or contains a primary source. Popular examples of these categories include:

Addresses 
Anecdotes 
Correspondence 
Diaries 
Early Works 
Interviews 
Manuscripts
Personal Narratives
Records
Pictorial Works
Sermons
Sources