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How to...Find Primary Sources: Audio, Video, Photos, Data, & Objects

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Audio and Video


Try: Opposing Viewpoints

Select Document Type: "Podcasts"


Or try a search for "podcasts" at the Internet Public Library for podcasts on a variety of topics.


Try: Library catalog

On the main page of the catalog, click the link for Streaming Video.

Research Data


Try: Academic Search Complete

In Advanced Search: under Image Quick View Types, select "Graph, Chart, or Diagram."



Try: AP Images or Image Quest

Browse photos on the main page, or use the search box.

Or try NYPL Digital Collections.

Browse or search through the New York Public Library's collection of images.


Objects and Artifacts

Objects & Artifacts

Visit local museums or libraries: 

The Virginia Room at the City of Fairfax Regional Library maintains a collection specific to local Virginia history.

The Smithsonian 

National Archives

Holocaust Museum

Or try:

The British Library Online Gallery

Catalog of Art Museum Images Online