This guide is focused on finding primary source materials for historical research.
What are primary sources in historical research?
They are often referred to as "first hand" accounts or "original" records. They are the evidence historians use to build interpretations of the past. Most primary sources are created at the time an historical event occurred, while others, such as autobiographies, are produced long after the events they describe. Among the many types of materials that may be primary sources are: letters, diaries, speeches, newspaper articles, autobiographies, oral histories, government and organizational records, statistical data, maps, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings, advertisements, and artifacts.
You can use the library catalog to find primary sources in our collection.
*This same technique can be used in other search engines, like Google.
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