Use this box to search the web for primary sources. Only collections marked with an asterisk (*) in this guide will be searched.
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Search tips: The default search is AND (civil AND war). Use the | character for an OR search (war | military); use ! to exclude words (war ! civil); or use quotes to search for a phrase ("civil war").
Primary sources often strike fear into students, who may not understand what they are or how to find them. This guide concentrates on the "how to find them" part of the equation, linking to hundreds of free primary source collections on the web as well as collections to which UCSD subscribes.
The custom Google search engine (see box at left) will search collections in this guide identified by an asterisk (*). Please be aware, though, that you are encouraged to go directly to collections that may be of interest and browse the available resources.
Other primary source assistance at the UCSD Library includes: a short YouTube video that explains what primary sources are; the library catalog for finding primary documents in the library; search tips on the "Need More?" tab of this guide; and, you can always ask a librarian for help.
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Know about a great collection of primary sources that's not included here? If it meets our selection criteria, I'll be happy to add it to the guide.