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Primary Sources: What They Are and Where to Find Them

This guide explains what primary sources are and how to find them

Books in Library

Search@UW provides access to Primary Sources in serveral ways.

Limiting by scopes will focus results.

Everything  is the most general search. -Everything searches many database UWRF subscribes to.  It includes Articles, Digital Objects, Ebooks , Digital Collections (Minds@UW, UWDC and UW Milwaukee ) and materials housed in UW libraries.

Books and Media@

UWRF - Limits search to UWRF materials
UW Libraries - search all the libraries in the UW System

Keywords such as "letters," "diary," "narratives" and "manuscripts"  will focus search toward historical documents or first-person accounts.

 Digital Collections

Contains: Minds@UW, University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, and UW Milwaukee's Digital Collections

University Archives

The University Archives and Area Research Center (ARC) houses the permanent, historical records of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  The ARC provides students, faculty, and the general public regional access to historical materials, local government records, manuscripts, and special collections from four northwestern Wisconsin counties: Burnett, Pierce, Polk, and Saint Croix.


Databases that Contain Primary Sources

Consider these lists as a starting point, not a comprehensive list of primary source databases. Every item in these databases is not necessarily a primary source.