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Theater Research

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Primary Sources - what are they?

Two Ways to Find Primary Sources in the ALICE Catalog

example of primary source

The principle remains, however: the closer a source is to the original events, the more it can be considered a Primary Source.

1. Subject Searching

The links below will use ALICE's Subject Search to locate primary source materials in general, as well as secondary sources about primary sources.

 

  • This is not a comprehensive list. The results screens of the searches above will show "Related Subjects," which may be worth exploring, too.
  • Some of these terms may be worth trying in Method #2, below.
  • Be sure to Search OhioLINK to find more items.

 

2. Advanced Keyword Searching

This method allows you to search for primary source materials that relate to any topic of your choosing. It involves setting up a Keyword Search in ALICE as shown in the screenshot below. This example uses the phrase "personal narratives." You can choose any of the terms in the list below to replace it.

archives
bibliographies
case studies
correspondence
diaries
documentary photography
early works to 1800*
interviews
manuscripts
notebooks
pamphlets
personal narratives
records
sources
statistics

*Can be used to find reprints of older material that limiting by publication date might not find.