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HIS494 Advanced Topics in the History of the Americas Exploring the Explorers: Early Voyages of Discovery in North America

Primary Source Collections

The University of Toronto Libraries have extensive digital collections to provide access to primary sources.

Some of these are listed below, please ask if you need more details or help searching them.

Finding Primary Sources in the UTL Catalogue

The UTL catalogue does not have a way to produce lists of primary sources.However,using the following words in your search will help you find the source material you seek:

  • sources
  • correspondence
  • diary or diaries
  • personal narratives
  • papers or journals
  • interviews
  • pamphlets
  • documents

USE ADVANCED SEARCH WHEN LOOKING FOR PRIMARY SOURCES - ITS EASIER TO MAKE CONNECTIONS

The images below describe how to use advance search. You would use keywords to reflect the content of this course.

For example: Jesuit and Canada and Sources limited to English

Step One: SELECT ADVANCED SEARCH ON THE UTM LIBRARY HOME PAGE

Step 2: ENTER YOUR KEYWORD(S), USE THE + TO ADD MORE ROWS IF NECESSARY. USE THE 'SUBJECT' FIELD TO SEARCH FOR YOUR TYPE OF MATERIAL. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO 'ANYWHERE' FIELD SINCE NOT ALL RECORDS CONTAIN THIS INFORMATION.

Step 3: REVIEW YOUR RESULTS. CLICK ON TITLE OF BOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION

Step 4: LOOK CLOSELY AT THE SUBJECT LINKS. IF YOU ARE LUCKY YOU WILL FIND LINKS TO MORE ITEMS CLASSIFIED AS SOURCES

Step 5: Be prepared to try more possibilities.Look in reference sources for individuals and events to include in your search. Use Oxford Bibliographies Online, the may give you the title of a primary source you can start searching for.

Quick Primary Tips

Browse the library shelves to see books in the same subject classification.

Note: It includes all languages but you can look for English.

Sort your results. Use publication date to get the latest edition.