Answered By: Chris Pollette
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2015     Views: 87

First, make sure you understand what a primary source is for your subject.

Find Primary Sources Held by Emory Libraries

The library catalog, discoverE searches print and electronic books, audio-visual materials, sound recordings,and databases provided by the Emory libraries and their many special collections.

Use the ADVANCED search in the library catalog, discoverE.

Put in your topic keyword and search one of the following terms as a subject:


  • sources
  • archives
  • correspondence
  • interviews
  • notebooks
  • diaries
  • documents
  • personal narratives
  • speeches
  • writings
  • fiction
  • reports
  • pictorial works
  • songs and music
  • cases
  • case studies


Search the collections in MARBL

Emory FindingAids Database: Browse or search online finding aids for most of the collections available in Emory's Manuscript, Archives,and Rare Book Library.

Other places to look for primary sources

Proquest Historical DatabasesGet access to historical newspapers (New York Times, Atlanta Journal/Constitution, etc.) and other publications.

Artemis Primary Sources (Gale)This database searches 16 databases of primary sources. See the full list of resources it searches.

Digital Public Library of America: Search materials from America's libraries, archives, and museums

Worldcat: This global catalog of more than 1 billion items contains descriptions of books, archives, manuscript collections, digital and audio-visual materials in libraries and other repositories around the world. Using Worldcat's ADVANCED SEARCH option you can limit your search by format, date, publication location, and many other parameters.


Many library subject guides contain sections on primary sources for those subjects. You can also see a list of research guides that have been tagged "primary sources."


Or ask a subject librarian for helping finding primary sources for specific subjects/topics!!



Thanks go to the Portland State University Library for sharing their Library DIY idea with us!

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