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LALS/HIST 290: A Guide to Special Collections Research: Home

This guide will suggest collections and research strategies for students conducting primary source research and document analysis on the topic of Mexican American History in Chicago.

Primary Sources

A primary source is material that was created at the time being studied.  It can be a document, a recording or an artifact.  It serves as an original source of information about the topic. Primary sources are distinguished from secondary sources which usually are analysis, commentary or a filtered account of the topic.  

Suggested search terms for finding primary resources in the library catalog:

  • Diaries
  • Correspondence
  • Description and Travel
  • Personal Narratives
  • Sources
  • Memoirs
  • Journal

What is primary source research?