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Primary texts are the uninterpreted, textual evidence used by humanities researchers to support their arguments and opinions about their research topic. Research in the humanities often requires the analysis and interpretation of primary text material, but finding this material can be challenging. This guide will help you to locate primary text material available in the Brandeis University Libraries.
- Starting Out: what primary texts are and how to begin looking for them.
- Research by Material Type: search strategies to find and locate primary texts.
- Research Guides by Subject: selected resources by subject, such as American history, comparative history, and literary studies.
Note: This guide focuses primarily on the written word. It does not cover research methods for visual, audio, or statistical primary source materials.
Created by Sarah Shoemaker and Anthony T. Vaver
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Locating primary-source materials
This list of bibliographic databases, databases of archival repositories, and Brandeis Special Collections sites will help you determine where and how to find the primary sources you need.
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