Locating Primary Source Material
Newspapers | Periodicals | Manuscripts & Archival Material | Government Documents | Maps | Dissertations | Selected
Primary source material can be found in newspapers, periodicals, manuscripts
and archival material, government
documents, maps, and dissertations.
The tools listed below can be helpful in locating primary source
Sources Tutorial explains what primary sources are and describes
the different formats of sources.
and Archives Tutorial is designed to orient individuals to the
methods for locating primary source material at Yale, particularly
in the Manuscripts and Archives department The tutorial can also
be helpful to those trying to find manuscript and archival material
in other repositories.
- Canadian News Index
SML Reference (index case) AI3 +C2414 (LC)
The Canadian News Index covers several news sources, including the
following dailies: Calgary Herald, Halifax Chronicle-Herald, The
Globe & Mail, Montreal Gazette, Toronto Star (including the Sunday
Star), Vancouver Sun, Winnipeg Free Press. Library holds vol.4 (1980)
- vol.16 (1992). Absorbed by Canadian Index in 1993.
- Historical Newspapers Online. (Alexandria,
VA: Chadwyck-Healy Inc., c1999-)
to Historical Newspapers Online
Historical Newspapers Online provides reference materials for students
of nineteenth- and twentieth-century history. Currently, it offers
indexes to two newspapers: The Times (London) and The New York Times.
The indexes permit searches for names, events, and concepts occurring
across a period of almost two hundred years of British and American
history. Historical Newspapers Online's index to The Times (London)
is composed of two parts: Palmer's Index to the Times, which covers
the period from 1790 to 1905, and the Official Index to the Times,
which takes the coverage forward from 1906 to 1980.
- Canadian Index
SML Reference (index case) AI3 +C24 (LC)
This series indexes Canadian magazines. Combines former publications
Canadian Business Index, Canadian News Index, and Canadian Magazine
Index. Not to be confused with the Canadian Index (to Periodicals
and Documentary Films) published 1948-1976. Library holds vol.1
(1993) - vol.512 (Dec 1997).
- Canadian Magazine Index
SML Reference (index case) AI3 +C355 (LC)
The Canadian Magazine Index covers about 200 periodicals, which
are listed in the front of each volume and subdivided into subject
categories. Library holds vol.1 (1985) - vol.8 (1992).Absorbed by
Canadian Index in 1993.
- Canadian Periodical Index
SML Reference (index case) AI3 +C362 (LC)
The Canadian Periodical Index contains a wide range of periodicals.
It began under the name "Canadian Index to Periodicals and Documentary
Films", which was often shortened on the spine to "Canadian Index."
In 1977 it was renamed the Canadian Periodical Index. Library holds
- Index to journal articles on Australian history ([Adelaide, Australia]: University of New England, )
SML Stacks, Z4026 H64 (LC)
List of journal articles on Australian history up to 1973. Later
volumes are on order.
- Index to New Zealand periodicals (Wellington:
National Library of New Zealand, 1966-)
SML Reference Z6962 N5 +I53 (LC) (1966-1981)
SML Microform Room, Fiche S551 (1987-present)
Indexes about 220 New Zealand periodicals on a selective basis.
A subject index with cross-references from author entries to the
- Point de repere: index analytique d'articles de
periodiques de langue francaise (Montreal, Quebec: Centrale
des bibliotheques, Bibliotheque nationale du Quebec, 1984-1993)
SML Reference (index case) AI7 +P6 (LC)
Indexes 200 periodicals from Quebec, 12 other Canadian titles, and
more than 70 French language periodicals from Europe. Contains a
detailed subject index and a book review index. Library owns 1984-1993.
- Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature. (Minneapolis
: H. W. Wilson Co., 1905- )
SML Reference, index case AI1 R43 (LC)
Indexes popular magazines and journals throughout the 20th Century.
For earlier citations, see the Nineteenth Century Readers Guide
to Periodical Literature and Poole's Index to Periodical
Search Orbis for Manuscripts & Archives
In Orbis, click on More Limits and select both Archives and Manuscripts selections from the Item Type section. Set the Limits and use a keyword search such as
or canad? AND territor?
- Archives New Zealand (National Archives of New
to Archives New Zealand
As "Memory of Government and Keeper of the Public Record", Archives
New Zealand ensures access to, and preservation of, those official
records which have significantly affected the development of New
Zealand, the function of its government, and the lives and liberties
of its citizens. The materials they hold take many forms including
manuscripts, photographs, films, maps, tapes, plans, video recordings,
books, paintings, drawings, and prints.
ArchivesUSA integrates three resources: The National Union Catalog
of Manuscript Collections (NUCMUC), The Directory of Archives and
Manuscript Repositories in the US (DARMUS), and The National Inventory
of Documentary Sources in the United States (NIDS). Researchers
can search descriptions of manuscript collections in the United
States, link to information about the repositories, and locate the
finding aids in NIDS, a microfiche collection in the Microtext Center
ArchiveGrid describes primary sources for material on family and corporate histories, personal papers, and historical records with direct search access to dispersed collections and collection descriptions.
- National Archives of Australia
Connect to the National
Archives of Australia
Spanning almost 200 years, the collection of the National Archives
of Australia constitutes a vast and rich resource for the study
of Australian history, Australian society and the Australian people.
While most records in the collection are files, there are also significant
holdings of photographs, posters, maps, architectural drawings,
films, playscripts, musical scores and sound recordings. Their handy Getting
Started page has information on searching and accessing their
- National Archives of Canada
Connect to the National
Archives of Canada
The National Archives of Canada's ArchiviaNet is an automated research tool that allows the user
to access a vast amount of information from various databases and
automated systems. The Archives has a link to Provincial/Territorial Archives, as well as a link to a University
of Saskatchewan site on finding Canadian
Archival Resources on the Internet.
- Yale University Library Finding Aid Database
to the Finding Aid Database
The Yale University Library Finding Aid Database is a searchable
database of manuscript and archival holdings in the Beinecke Library,
Divinity Library, and Manuscripts and Archives Department. Currently,
the vast majority of entries are for the Beinecke. People interested
in searching the holdings of the Manuscript and Archives department
should consult the printed finding aids available in that department.
- AusInfo (Australian government information)
AusInfo is a source of Australian government information, with access to
government publications, legislation, Commonwealth Acts and regulations,
Australian Federal Awards, Agreements, and a host of other such information.
government publications (Canberra: National Library of Australia,
SML Microform Room, Fiche S318
This microfiche set includes entries for local, federal, state, and territorial
publications. Microfiche sets arranged in two sequences: author/title and
- Canadian Provincial Documents page 1
- Canadian Provincial Documents page 2
- Canadian Provincial Documents page 3
- Canadian Provincial Documents page4
- Canadian Research Index
to the Canadian Research Index
This database indexes and abstracts monographs and annual publications of
lasting reference value from Canadian government and institutional sources.
Includes Federal, provincial and municipal levels of government. Includes
scientific and technical reports, statistical reports, policy papers, and
annual reports. See also the Yale Government Documents Library page on Canadian
- Law Library Microform Consortium is a non-profit cooperative serving
member libraries' needs for preservation, space recovery, and collection
development on film and on-line and has filmed titles and volumes of
interest to researchers in law and history. Its backfile comprises the
world's largest collection of legal literature and government documents
- New Zealand Government Online
Connect to New Zealand Government
This website provides an overview of New Zealand and its government, access
to government services information, as well as government agency contact
- Yale Map Collection
Map Collection web page
tools for identifying maps.
The Yale Map Collection consists of over 200,000 map sheets, 3,000
atlases, and 900 reference books. The Collection receives maps and
charts on deposit from the U.S. government agencies, and through
gift and purchase. The Collection also houses approximately 15,000
rare (pre-1850) sheet maps. Though these cover many areas of the
world, most pertain to North America, the United States, and New
England. A selection of Canadian
maps can be viewed online. There is also a sizeable reference
collection and a small, selective serials collection. Many of the
materials in the collection are not listed in Orbis.
- Dissertations and Theses - Full Text
Connect to Dissertations and Theses - Full Text
copies of dissertations: common questions
Dissertation Abstracts International indexes dissertations accepted
for the Ph.D. and other doctoral degrees by American and Canadian
degree-granting institutions. Dates of coverage 1861 to the present.
Coverage is identical for all formats, although the online version
of the database does not include abstracts for dissertations prior
to 1981. Issued in three parts after 1969:
- Dissertation Abstracts International. Section A:
Humanities and Social Sciences(1969-present)
- Dissertation Abstracts International. Section B:
Sciences and Engineering (1969-present)
- Dissertation Abstracts International. Section C:
European Abstracts (1976-1988) and
Dissertation Abstracts International. Section C: Worldwide (1989-present)