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ENGL 113 | Tucker | Library/Research

Primary Sources Online

Primary sources include a variety of materials written or created during the time period of the topic you are researching. They also include things written at a later date by a participant in the events being studied (e.g., memoirs).

Primary sources allow researchers to get as close as possible to a historical event or time period via the viewpoints of actual participants or observers.

The library has full-text online archives of the following newspapers, which make for great primary historical sources:

There are also many primary source collections available freely on the web.  Below are a few general suggestions.

  • Library of Congress - Library of Congress online collection of materials documenting American history