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The UW Libraries Search helps you locate print and electronic resources available at all three campuses.  

Sample searches for primary sources 

  • ezra meeker and (letters or correspondence)
  • fred haley and interviews
  • fort steilacoom and history and sources


Sample searches for secondary sources
  • tacoma and railroads
  • mount rainier national park and history
  • tacoma and (sports or baseball) and history

Search Terms for Primary Sources

Terms useful for locating primary sources in the UW Libraries Catalog:

  • sources
  • personal narratives
  • correspondence
  • letters
  • diaries
  • journals
  • interviews
  • sermons
  • documents
  • papers

Books can be primary or secondary sources

Books can be secondary sources written by scholars and researchers about historical topics.

There may also be books that are published compilations of primary sources -- documents, letters, journals, etc.

Some books may be primary sources if they were written in the time period that your project is examining.

The UW Libraries Catalog will help you locate all of these resources. See the search box below for suggestions for terms to locate primary resources via the catalog.

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Search through the Local History section in the Snoqualmie building to find information on Tacoma and surrounding cities (books in this collection cannot be checked out but are in-library use only)