If your research requires the use of primary sources (documents or other artifacts providing first-hand evidence of information on a given subject), the following resources can help you understand what they are and how to find, use and evaluate them. With the advent of the digital age, access to primary sources has greatly increased. We now have the ability to incorporate their use into our research and learning as never before. Bear in mind, however, that just like any piece of information, primary sources (especially those found on the Web) need to be critically evaluated as to their authorship, objectivity, suitability, etc. Primary sources are a broad and sometimes complex topic, and this guide is intended only as a starting point for finding and using them.
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When you do research for your classes, you shouldn't hesitate to ask a reference librarian for assistance. Determining which resources you should choose, knowing how to search them, and being able to incorporate the newly found information into your paper are skills you will need to learn. Becoming a savvy researcher may take a while. In the meantime, you can count on the reference librarians to guide you through the research process.
Feel free to stop by the reference desk on the 2nd floor of the library and talk in person to the librarian on duty.
You can also reach a reference librarian by phone at (212) 237 8246.
If you text your query to (917) 746-6391, a librarian will follow up right away.
In addition, you can ask a question by email.