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HIS 101: History of Western Civilization I (Campbell-Loudoun)

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What Are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are documents or objects created by participants or witnesses at the time of an event.

Examples of primary sources:  diaries, interviews, autobiographies, government documents, speeches, photographs, and artifacts, such as pottery.

Search for Primary Documents in the Library Catalog

In the Library Catalog, use the Advanced Search to search Subject contains "sources" and your topic.

Books and eBooks with Primary Documents

Online Sources for Primary Documents

Search for Primary Documents Online

In Google, search for "primary sources" and your topic.

You could also try  "primary documents" or "digital collection" or "digital library" in addition to "primary sources".

Search Tip:

Use words that would have been used during the time period you're researching.  For example, African American was not always used.  The language in documents in previous times may have included Negro, slave or black.