Described here are several strategies for finding primary book resources in OneSearch service
1. Consider trying to find books that were published at the same time, or CONCURRENT with the historical event or while the subject was alive.
If your topic is Abraham Lincoln:
2. Certain subject keywords (found below) tend to produce high relevance primary resources. Mix one of these words with a topic or phrase
EXAMPLE sources and slavery (will find documents original slavery)
Example: facsimiles and maps may find antique maps in their original appearance
Example: pictorial works and "civil war"
Example: personal narratives and holocaust will give first hand accounts of World War II genocide.
Example: interviews and actors
Example: diaries and journeys will find travel diaries
Example: oral history and immigration may find immigrants telling their stories.
Example: correspondence gold rush letters written by explorers, settlers, pioneers and miners
NOTE: Try some of these same techniques in the OneSearch Drop Down that reads Books/Media/All CSU and you may get many more CSU titles that you can borrow.
If you are not finding sufficient primary material thru OneSearch or CSU+, try WorldCat to find over 150 million items in libraries worldwide, (primarily in Anglo-American libraries). This free database will indicate which libraries closest to you might have the item, or you may borrow it through our library services.