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KRLS 204 - Canadian History of Leisure, Sport, and Health

Finding Primary Literature

What is Primary Literature?

A record of a first-hand observation of an event, a report of scientific research, or an original work of fiction or art. Examples:

  • Personal narrative, diaries, reminiscences, memoirs, autobiographies, correspondence
  • Speeches, addresses, essays
  • Short stories, poetry, drama, fairty tales, sheet music, works of part, photographs, maps, etc.
  • Government documents, newspaper articles, audio and video recording of news, interviews, etc.
  • Magazine articles can also be primary sources, as long as the author observed the event first hand

Print Sources

Early issues of major Canadian daily newspapers are available in microform in Rutherford Library. Check the catalogue for holdings and call numbers for specific titles and for availability of a subject index.

Check the EBSCO Discovery Service for 'period' publications for your topic:

Online Sources

More Information

For more information and examples, please visit the guide on Primary Sources:

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