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Primary Sources

Use this guide to help find primary sources online.

Primary sources on Nova Scotia

Many primary sources are available as collections in books found in the Novanet Catalogue
For example you can do a SUBJECT KEYWORD search on NOVA SCOTIA DIARIES to locate diaries written by Nova Scotians.

Ideas for subject keyword searches include:

  • Nova Scotia diaries (also try other locations or provinces)
  • Nova Scotia correspondence
  • women diaries
  • Acadians diaries
  • person's name diaries

Secondary sources in the Mount's collection (or a course text book) may help you locate primary sources (note that some primary sources may be available only at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia).  Check footnotes, endnotes, references and bibliographies.  Some titles to consider include:

Conrad, M. (1982). Recording angels: The private chronicles of women from the Maritime Provinces of Canada, 1750-1950. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women.  (Call number:  CT 3270 .C6)

Conrad, M., & Hiller, J. (2001). Atlantic Canada: A region in the making. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press. (Call number: F 1035.8 C66 2001)
Cuthbert Brandt, G., & Prentice, A. L. (2011). Canadian women : A history (3rd ed.). Toronto: Nelson Education.  (Call number: HQ 1453 C356 2011)


MemoryNS: Nova Scotia's Archival Gateway

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