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Primary Sources: Finding Primary Sources

This guide provides an overview of Primary Source material, information for evaluating sources, and resources for finding sources.


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Searching For Primary Source Materials

You can search the Internet for just about any topic and find many thousands of sources and images, but it is important to find materials from a reputable source, one that you can use and cite confidently in an assignment or paper. Images and sources from a government, library, museum, or university website will be more useful to you than those on a public or personal website. A number of museums, archives, and major public libraries provide searchable digital collections and include large numbers of primary source materials. Most of these digital collections will allow you to search broadly, by specific historical periods, or by particular material types, for instance, newspaper articles or images of artwork. The resources provided on this page are great places to begin your search for primary source materials.

Primary Source Collections Available Through Our Library

Other Primary Source Collections