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FRS 130 - The Cold War

The source-driven junior paper

Often, the best work arises from close engagement with a primary source. As you read, you'll think of questions or begin to shape an argument. The hard part is to find a primary source that addresses the broad general area of interest. Here are some strategies for finding primary sources:

  • Check the footnotes, endnotes and bibliography of a good academic book on your topic.
  • Search the library catalog for the topic you're researching.  Add the word "sources", "diaries," "correspondence," or "personal narratives" to find primary sources that are published as books

Primary Sources in the Library

Manuscript collections in Princeton University Library

Other resources to locate primary sources