This guide was created to help LMU students find and evaluate primary source materials. If you would like personal assistance in evaluating, finding, or citing primary and secondary sources, please contact us using the Get Help page.
How to use this guide: the first section, What Is a Primary Source, addresses key questions related to primary sources. After reading this introduction, try to answer the questions posed about the source you need in the next section entitled How Do I Find Primary Sources. This will help you develop a search strategy. Then, to see what primary source databases the library has, use the Search Primary Source Collections at LMU section and use the search terms you have developed.
Examples of Primary and Secondary Sources by Discipline
image creditsKim, Eugene, and Philip K. Hopke. "Source Characterization of Ambient Fine Particles in the Los Angeles Basin." Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science 6.4 (2007): 343-53 ProQuest. Web. 7 Feb. 2014.
image creditsMcQueen, Alexander. Ensemble, Widows of Culloden. autumn/winter 2006-7. Dress of McQueen wool tartan; top of nude silk net appliquéd with black lace; underskirt of cream silk tulle. Courtesy of Alexander McQueen. Photograph. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Web. 7 Feb. 2014.