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Primary Sources: Print Resources

A guide to finding and using Primary source materials

Accessing Historic Newspapers through the SC State Library

The South Carolina State Library has access to a number of historic newspapers dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, including The State (1891-current), through the NewsBank database. 

  • South Carolina residents 18 and older can access materials from the SC State Library (including databases) by registering for a library card. 
  • If you are an out-of-state student, you must use your USC Upstate email and local mailing address when applying. 
  • Applications can be completed by visiting the SC State Library website here.    

Primary Sources in the Reference Collection at USC Upstate

The following is a list of books on various topics containing references to primary source material that are located in the USC Upstate reference collection.

Find Books and E-Books


Advanced Search

Find Books option provides one-stop searching for books and e-books, journal articles, DVDs, and more.  The search box in the widget above allows you to directly search for materials found in what was previously called the Library Catalog.


The video below provides a brief introduction on how to use the new Search to find books and e-books in the USC Upstate library collection.  

Search Strategies and Locations for Books

Search Locations and Services  (links located at the bottom of the box)

  • Books may be found in our library (use the Search catalog), in statewide academic libraries (via the PASCAL Delivers service), nationally, or internationally using different search techniques
  • PASCAL Delivers - When a book is unavailable in the USC Upstate library, you may be able to request it for free from another library in the state via the PASCAL Delivers service.  A "Request" link in the catalog record under "Get It" will take you through the steps of requesting the materials.  Books are delivered to the USC Upstate Library (allow up to 5 days for delivery).
  • WorldCat - Use this resource to locate books throughout the US and the world, which can be requested through ILL
  • Interlibrary loan - Once registered, you can request materials held throughout the US or world
    Allow two weeks or so for delivery of ILL items.
  • Many rare historical texts cannot be taken from other libraries, so plan ahead when visiting another collection.
  • Library codes may be entered to focus on a specific collection (Example: DLC for the Library of Congress)