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Finding Primary Sources

Looking for Library of Congress primary sources? There are a few different ways to discover the best sources for you.

Select from a curated set

Primary Source Sets – Each set collects primary sources on a specific frequently-taught topic, along with historical background information and teaching ideas.

Free to Use and Reuse Sets - Batches of primary sources on engaging topics.

Search the online collections

Use the search box at the top of the Library of Congress home page. A few tips:

  • Use the drop-down menu to the left of the search box to select a format, like Maps, before you search.
  • Narrow your search results using the facets to the left of your search results, like Date and Location
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  • Try different search terms, including words that might be uncommon today but common during the period you're researching.

Check with the experts

Web Guides - In-depth guides to Library resources on a wide variety of topics.

Ask a Librarian – Send a question to a Library of Congress reference librarian. We're happy to help!

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