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Welcome to our primary sources resource page. Here you will learn how to differentiate between primary and secondary sources, see where you can access primary sources, and even test your primary source vs secondary source skills.
Ms. Friedlander's Primary Research Tips!
Make sure you are well versed in your topic before you begin your primary research!
Sometimes secondary sources can lead you right to a primary source. Example: an article about the Cuban Missile Crisis (secondary) references a presidential speech. Find the text of the speech and you've found a primary source!
We usually don't recommend Google for academic research, but sometimes it can be helpful for primary research. Try googling a topic keyword + "papers" or "archive" --you can turn up some great results. For example, you can find primary documents by googling "President Roosevelt" and "papers".
How do you know if your primary source is reliable? Stick to items found in archives like The National Archive or the Library of Congress, or a university library. Museums often have digital collections that can be really helpful.
Museums and Archives are great places to look for primary resources!
The National Archives has a wealth of records and information documenting the U.S. experience in the Vietnam conflict. These include photographs, textual and electronic records, audiovisual recordings, exhibits, educational resources, articles, blog posts, lectures, and events.
While most of our holdings are not online, a variety of military records, from photos to documents to searchable databases are available. [Included] are online collections of specific interest to veterans, their families and researchers.
A wonderful resource for finding primary sources relating to southern history and heritage. The collection is made available through the UNC Chapel Hill Library. (One of Mr. Reese's favorite collections)
The Avalon Project contains a large collection of primary sources focused on the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. Organized by historical era, the collections contains documents from 250 B.C. to present times.
As the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress has a vast amount of digital resources, available to the public for free. A really easy to use database, this is the first place you should go when doing research.
Hosted by Google, this collection of images from Life Magazine contains thousands of photographs, ranging from 1861-1979. Contains images of historical events, famous people, and more, all of which clearly state the source of the image.
Contains information on almost 36,000 slaving voyages. The site is made up of 3 databases: the voyages database, examining estimates of the slave trade and the African names database. Many universities, including Emory and Harvard, sponsor the site.
Internet History Sourcebooks is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use. Primary sources are available here primarily for use in high-school and university/college courses.-from Internet History Source Book Page.
American History Database provides you with access to overview articles, primary sources, maps, videos, and timelines on a variety of subjects relating to American history from the colonial period to now.
Infobase: African American History
African American History Database provides you with access to overview articles, primary sources, maps, videos, and timelines on subjects and issues relating to African American history from Africa, colonization, and the slave trade to now.
Gale in Context: World History
Gale in Context provides you with access to scholarly articles, primary sources, news articles, videos, podcasts and more on a wide variety of subjects relating to World History from ancient to contemporary times.
Internet History Sourcebooks
Internet History Sourcebooks through Fordham University provides you with access to articles and primary sources relating to ancient, medieval, and modern history.
ABC-CLIO provides you with a series of political, historical, and diverse cultural databases which are organized by time period and give you access to overview articles, reference articles, primary sources, and media.
Asia for Educatiors
Asia for Educators is a resource from Columbia University that provides you with access to a variety of primary sources, timelines, maps, and videos on a variety of topics relating to Asia in world history.
Can you accurately select between primary and secondary sources?