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Primary Sources in PRIMO
Primary sources include a variety of materials written or created during the time period of the topic you are researching.
Primary Sources Online: Finding, Evaluating, and Using from the American Library Association
Library collections include primary sources in a variety of formats. Most of those in the Hope College Libraries are in book form. In some cases, the content of the book has been transferred to microfiche or a special type of microfiche known as ultrafiche.
One method for finding books that may be considered primary sources is to search PRIMO using keywords that describe your topic in combination with the following terms:
- personal narratives;
- church records and registers;
- early works;
Remember that you may need to think about your topic broadly to find primary sources using this method. After actually looking at the source you will know whether or not it effectively addresses your specific topic.
PRIMO Books and Media
- Try different groups of keywords to see what different kinds of results you get
- From the results, click on a title that looks interesting; your search terms will show up in red.
- Look for Subject headings in the record that match your topic and try searching under these as a subject search.
- If you click on one of the subject headings links in a record, it will bring up a list of similar subjects that might also be helpful.
- Not finding many books on your topic? After trying a search, look for the button to do the same search in WorldCat, a shared catalog of libraries around the world. We can order many of these items for you through InterLibrary Loan.
Michigan eLibrary (including MeLCat)
Content/Description: Contains full-text articles, books, images, etc. and features an Inter-Library book loaning system with participating Michigan libraries.
If you are unable to locate the resource you need through MeLCat, there are other catalogs you can use to order books and media.
Materials in U.S. and international libraries. These can be requested through InterLibrary Loan.
The Holland public library is strong in more popular and local materials, so you may find resources there that we don't collect at Hope. Stop by the Van Wylen Circulation desk to learn how you can get a Herrick card to check out resources and access their digital collections.