To find primary sources in the Library Catalog you may add "type" words to your search. For example: Hiroshima and personal narratives. These words also often appear as subheadings in the Library of Congress subject headings. For example: Vietnam War 1961 1975 Sources.
Type words include:
Primary sources provide first-hand accounts, testimony or evidence of an event or time period by the participants or observers. Often these sources are created at the time but may also include items recorded later such as memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may be available in the original format or may be available in a reproduced format such as microform, digital, or printed formats. The content is what makes it a primary source.
Examples of primary sources include: