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English 160 &161: Introduction to Library Research

Exploring Topics

Research on a particular comedian might begin with an individual name, but will branch out to explore the surrounding context. Begin by sharing your topic. 


Multidisciplinary Databases

Subject Specific Databases

Primary Sources for Stand-Up Comedy

What is a Primary Source?
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. 

Types of primary sources (might also work as search terms for finding primary resources in the library catalog or Summon):

  • Film/video clips
  • Personal narrative: autobiographies, memoirs
  • Audio recordings
  • Artwork
  • Photographs
  • Historical newspapers or magazines

Tools for finding Primary Sources: