Answered By: Jessica Kiebler
Last Updated: Jun 20, 2017     Views: 22

Many of the Berkeley College Library databases offer Primary Sources.  Using the link below called the “Liberal Arts Database Comparison Sheet”, you can find databases with a check mark in the “Primary Sources” column to identify those which could help you find these types of resources.  Below are some examples.

Finding primary sources about an author:

  1. Go to the Library website via the tab in Blackboard.
  2. Click on the yellow Research/Explore Tab and then click on Databases.
    1. If the Research/Explore tab does not drop down, you may need to try another browser such as Chrome or Firefox.
  3. Find and click on the subject category named “Literature.”  This will take you to the Gale Literature Resource Center.
  4. On the main page of Literature Resource Center, search for your author’s name in the search box.
  5. On the search results page, click on “Primary Sources & Literary Works” on the right side.  This will limit your results to only primary sources such as audio files, interviews and documents related to their life.

 

Finding primary sources about an event:

  1. Go to the Library website via the tab in Blackboard.
  2. Click on the yellow Research/Explore Tab and then click on Databases.
    1. If the Research/Explore tab does not drop down, you may need to try another browser such as Chrome or Firefox.
  3. Find the subject category named “History” and click on “American.”   This will take you to Facts on File: American History Online.
  4. On the main page of American History Online, search for the event or topic in the search box.
  5. On the search results page, click on “Primary Sources” in the toolbar under the search box.  This will limit your results to only primary sources such as legal documents, speeches and diaries.  On the right side, you can limit further by type of primary document.

 

Finding primary sources about other topics:

  1. Go to the Library website via the tab in Blackboard.
  2. Click on the yellow Research/Explore Tab and then click on Databases.
    1. If the Research/Explore tab does not drop down, you may need to try another browser such as Chrome or Firefox.
  3. At the top of the page, click on “A to Z List.”  You will be taken down to an alphabetical list of databases.
  4. Find and click on “Academic Search Premier.”
  5. Before typing your topic in the search box, find the “Publication Type” box and select “Primary Source Document.”


     
  6. Then proceed with searching.  All of your results should have the “Primary Source” icon next to it. 

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