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Primary Sources

A guide to understanding and searching for primary sources

picture of a Boston newspaper from 1857


Use a newspaper or periodical index to find articles published at the time your event or topic took place.


The Library has several indexes and databases that might be useful. Here are just a few. Library staff can assist you in locating other sources of articles.




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Canadian Newspaper & Magazine Sources

International Periodical Sources