A finding aid is "a description of records that gives the repository physical and intellectual control over the materials and that assists users to gain access to and understand the materials." Source: Richard Pearce-Moses. Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology. Chicago: The Society of American Archivists, 2005.
Use finding aids to locate processed archival collections in archives, libraries, and museums. Finding aids are increasingly available online and freely accessible.
Reference & Other Print Sources
Make use of the many excellent print resources that are available to find primary source materials. These include:
Internet Search Engines
Adding primary source-related keywords to your PittCat+ search will help you to more easily locate primary source materials. For example, if you need primary sources on the American Civil War, search the phrase "United States Civil War" with the keyword "diary" (i.e., "United States Civil War" diary). Other keywords that can be used to locate primary sources are:
Limiting by Content Type, Genre, or Date of Publication
You may also refine your search results by content type, genre, or date of publication.
To limit a search by content type or genre, click on the "more..." link to open the Content Type or Genre boxes. Check the "Include" box for content or genre appropriate to your need, such as archival material, image, manuscript, map, music recording/score, newspaper article, personal narrative, photograph, play, poster, special collection, and video recording.
Limiting sources to a particular date of publication will help you to locate contemporary sources published at the time of an event. For example, if you are studying British Literature during WWII, refine your search results by using the publication date limiter to retrieve novels published only during the years 1939 to 1945.