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Finding Primary Sources @ Pitt: About

Learn to distinguish between primary and secondary sources; learn strategies for finding primary sources.

About This Guide

The purpose of this guide is to help users to identify, locate, and use primary sources in their research.

Click on the tabs above to:

  • Read definitions of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources and learn to distinguish between them.
  • Identify primary sources by subject.
  • Locate primary sources in the University Library System (ULS) and beyond.
  • Learn how to evaluate and cite primary sources.

You may also find this guide, A Guide to Primary Sources at the Archives Service Center, to be helpful.

Cathedral Takes Shape (September 6, 1929)

Cathedral of Learning Takes Shape

SourceUniversity of Pittsburgh Archives Photographs, 1884-present, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh (Accessible through the Historic Pittsburgh Image Collections.)