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Finding Primary Sources

Learn what primary sources are and how to find them.

How to Find Primary Sources

Visit the "How to Find Primary Sources" page for more information,

or check out UofT's Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

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UofT Text Collections

Browse or search UofT's Text Collections for primary sources across a wide variety of subjects.

Searching by Subject

Library Catalogue: Search Tips

If you are looking for primary sources in a specific subject area:

search by subject (here the search term is 'ptolemaic egypt') and refine by genre. Click more to see all genre results

refine by genre

Genres such as 'papyri' and 'sources' indicate primary sources.

Searching by Author

Library Catalogue: Search Tips

If you are looking for primary sources written by a specific person, or you would like to find primary sources of people, organizations, or agencies related to your topic:

search by author (Susanna Moodie) and refine by author, publication year, or genre.

refine by publication year or genre

Genres such as personal narratives, correspondence, as well as specimens, etc. indicate primary sources.