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Research Tips: The Principle of Primary Locality (Primary Sources Near You!)

3 scientists, one microscopeOur LRC subject guides offer numerous locations for primary sources but further resources may be just a short drive away! If your project has some local flavor (the birth of the NC Forestry Service, the life of Thomas Wolfe, the Biltmores) there may be a special collection of related material at a nearby institution. Public and academic libraries, as well as local societies or museums, can be great places to find letters, manuscripts, photos and other media that carry some regional significance. Some collections are available online but often you will have to plan ahead and spend some time doing research on location. You can find these collections with a quick Internet search or ask a librarian to help you locate some possible contacts.


Need help identifying primary sources? Check out our tutorial video, “Primary vs. Secondary Sources.”



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