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Finding Your Sources

Finding Secondary Sources

To find books about your character, do a keyword search in the LBCC Library Catalog. If you do not find any books in our catalog, try searching in WorldCat.

To find articles about your character, do a keyword search in Academic Search Premier

If you are looking for a particular book or article that we do not have at the LBCC Library, you can request the item through interlibrary loan (ILL). For more details, please see our ILL webpage.

Finding Primary Sources

One of the best ways to find primary sources about your character is get a good secondary source, like a book or an article, and look in the bibliography to see which primary sources the author used. Once you have citations for some primary sources, you can search library catalogs and/or the Web for these sources.

Since many primary sources can now be found on the Web, it is often fruitful to do a keyword search in Google for the character name followed by "primary sources". For example, the Google search for Mother Jones "Primary Sources" leads to a website with a link to the Mother Jones Collection of papers and photographs.

It may also be helpful to search for your character in one of the primary source collections listed in the "Sources on the Web" section below.

Primary Sources on the Web