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What are Primary Sources?

"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

Using Primary Sources on the Web (American Library Association) 

Search for Primary Source Documents in PPCC Books

Search our Catalog for primary sources in library books.  Search for the words sources and history along with a topic keyword.

Example: sources history france

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.

Websites with Primary Source 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EuroDocs: Western European Primary Historical Documents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.

Primary Source InfoGraphic

Infographic courtesy of Shonn Haren, Librarian at Wichita State University

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