Tools for Locating Primary Sources in Archives and Online

Wednesday, 4/6/2022
  • 1:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 12:00 PM (Central)
  • 11:00 AM (Mountain)
  • 10:00 AM (Pacific)

There are dozens and dozens of library resources available to help a librarian or a researcher locate primary sources for historical research. This webinar is aimed at those relatively new to reference work around primary sources, and will cover approaches to the reference interview that help focus the discussion, online and print tools to uncover primary sources, and helpful tips for organizing and citing primary sources. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • Assess the researcher's needs regarding primary sources
  • Find primary sources held within the library's collection
  • Direct the researcher to primary sources held elsewhere (and/or online)
  • Guide the researcher in citing primary sources

Who Should Attend

Librarians who have taken on new duties in subjects (such as history, area studies, religion, or literature) whose scholars need to consult primary sources. This webinar will introduce them to basics tools that will enable them to help patrons find archives or online collections of digitized materials. 


Steven A. Knowlton, is Librarian for History and African American Studies at Princeton University. In addition to his work guiding students and researchers to primary sources, he has published a number of award-winning papers based on his own research using archival sources. 



Individual registration rates are as follows:

  • RUSA members: $46.61
  • ALA members: $71.10
  • ALA student members: $37.12
  • Non-members: $79.00

Bulk discount available, the more you register the more you save! Learn more at the new ALA eLearning Site


How to Register


Tech Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Zoom. Please ensure that you have internet connection. Audio for these sessions will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat. 

For assistance for the deaf or hard of hearing, please send your request via email to Ninah Moore at by November 19, 2021


Questions about your registration should be directed to

Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore, RUSA Program Officer-Continuing Education, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!