Finding Primary Sources in Print

If you're searching for primary sources on a topic, one good place to look is a secondary source that cites original texts, manuscripts, and archives.

For archival sources, interviews, and memoirs:

► In the HOLLIS Advanced Search, add these terms as 'Subjects' to the rest of your search: Diaries • Interviews • Sources • Archival resources • Newspapers • Personal Narratives •  Biography • Pictorial Works • Comic Books • Caricatures and cartoons • Photographs • Case studies
► Example: That Inferno: Conversations of Five Women Survivors of an Argentine Torture Camp

For stories, novels, plays, and films:
► For novels, plays, films, and stories about a topic, add these terms as 'Subjects' in the Advanced Search: Fiction • In Literature • Juvenile fiction • Drama • Poetry • Literary collections
► Example: The Weight of All Things by Sandra Benítez (novel about the Salvadoran Civil War)

Sources for Feature Films and Documentaries

Streaming Video Resources at Harvard: A Guide with Links
Includes databases of historical newsreels, such as The March of Time, and other primary film footage.

The Internet Archive
This huge collection includes much rare historical film, both documentary and dramatic. In the Advanced Search, type your search terms and select the mediatype movies. You can narrow your search results by date, subject, language, etc.

To find films in HOLLIS, use the Advanced Search and limit the Resource Type to Videos/Film.

To find articles and other secondary scholarship about films, use the databases suggested on Film Research at Harvard.