In addition to the primary sources to be found in books, many are also published in periodicals. A search in Academic Search Complete for your subject and the subheading "personal narratives" often locates first person accounts of events. For example, search for the subject heading "pandemic," and the phrase "personal narrative,"
Newspaper accounts of contemporary events are also considered primary sources. The best source for identifying newspaper articles published in the past twenty years is Access World News..
How do I use the library catalog?
There are several paths:
2. There is also a “Books and More” link under Quick Links.
3. If you are already engaged in OneSearch, you can choose Books, Audio, or Video from the Item Type dropdown box beneath the search box.
To search the Library Catalog for primary source materials, try adding one of the following subheadings to your search term or topic: diaries, personal narratives, documents, sources, letters, correspondence, oral history, pamphlets, interviews, speeches, or autobiography. For example: civil rights and diaries.
Don't forget to explore the historical newspaper archive databases in the middle column of this page!