Primary Source - Materials from the time of the person or event being researched. (Letters, diaries artifacts, photographs, and other types of first-hand accounts and records, as well as reminiscences and oral histories. Stories from newspapers of the time may also be primary sources.)
Secondary Source - Materials that were created at a later time. They analyze and interpret primary sources; footnotes or bibliographies can lead to primary sources.
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The CSM library uses Call Numbers to organize books on the shelves.
Call Numbers are a book's shelf address. The combination of letters and numbers tells you where to find it in the library.
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Encyclopedia Britannica Academic Online Choose "Primary Sources" and search by topic.
Are you thinking about a U.S. History topic? The CSM Library has some good books on American Labor Unions in call numbers HD 6508 to HD 8073.
The Library also has books about the Salem Witchcraft hysteria and trials in Call Numbers BF 1575-1576 and KFM 2478.8.