"Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories..." -American Library Association
The Databases included here contain a variety of sources: primary, secondary and tertiary.
When seeking Primary Sources, be aware of which options available to Narrow Your Search, and which Tab you have selected when viewing results. Also pay attention to the Record Information to see what Type of record you are viewing when examining a source in detail.
Search our Catalog for primary sources in library books. Search for the words sources and history along with a topic keyword.
See also the Some PPCC Books with Primary Source Documents tab on the left for a listing of some of our paper books with documents.
Internet History Sourcebooks Project, Fordham University A collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts. Many, but not all of these resources are primary source documents. Read the top and the bottom of the webpage to see what kind of source it is (primary or secondary), and to find citation information.
American Memory from the Library of Congress Historical Collections from the National Digital Library
Digital Public Library of America Links to libraries, archives and museums by way of tapping into their digital collections. Good source for primary documents.
EuroDocs: Western European Primary Historical Documents
Asia for Educators: Columbia University's source for Asia Studies.
Women in World History: Primary Sources from the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University
Infographic courtesy of Shonn Haren, Librarian at Wichita State University
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