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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

Search for Primary Sources in PPCC Databases

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 for Primary Source Documents in PPCC 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.

Lone Star College - Kingston Library Primary Sources Find lists of links to online collections of Primary Sources in a variety of American History topics.

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EuroDocs: Western European Primary Historical Documents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

National Security Archive -- Virtual Reading Room

U.S. government primary source documents archive.

Primary Source InfoGraphic

Primary sources are records of events created as they occurred, or recorded by eyewitnesses, utilizing many differing formats.

Infographic courtesy of Shonn Haren, Librarian at Wichita State University

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