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Use the following strategies to locate primary sources in a catalog (Miami’s catalog, OhioLINK, Worldcat and others):

  1. Search by keyword in a boolean search. For example (obsteric* or midwi*) and then limit by date of publication.
  2. Search by “corporate author,” that is who (person, organization) would have written or produced the primary source. The “official body”. Examples might be the United Nations, United Auto Workers, American Temperance Society.
  3. Search either by subject or keyword (a very broad topic search) and then limit by
    • sources
    • documents
    • statistics
    • antiquities
    • correspondence
    • diaries
    • personal narratives
    • pictorial works

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Primary Sources

Asia for Educators – Primary sources on Asian history organized by era.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fordham University Modern History Sourcebook – Primary sources organized

Historical Primary Source Collections – Links to subscription databases of primary sources provided by Miami University, plus some freely available resources.

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Secondary Source Articles

These resources will require login with Miami ID and password when accessed off campus.

Historical Abstracts – A subscription database of articles from history journals. Click “Choose Databases” and add Academic Search Complete.

JSTOR – Scholarly journal articles. Choose “Advanced Search” and then narrow by “Item Type” Articles and check the box next to “Journal Filter” History, Asian Studies, African Studies, and others.

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Q & A on Chicago Style

Q. How do I format my paper according to Chicago Style? What spacing and font should I use? What should my title page look like?
A. General Chicago Style Formatting Info
Q. How do I cite information in the body of my paper? What should a quote or paraphrase look like in my paper?
A. In-Text Citation Basics
Q. How do I cite a book, article, website, etc. on my References page?
A. Books  |  Articles  |  Websites and Other Electronic Resources
Q. Can I see a sample paper in Chicago Style?
A. Sample Paper

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