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When searching for primary sources in databases, use your topic search term AND the type of primary source. A few sample searches:
Primary sources are materials created at the time of an event like diaries, journals, notebooks, speeches, and studies.
When searching for secondary sources in databases, use your topic search term AND the type of secondary source. A few sample searches:
Secondary sources interpret and analyze primary sources. Examples of secondary sources are biographies, books, criticism, essays, and reviews.