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Reference Resources

Features resources helpful for ready-reference questions: when you need quick access to facts, definitions, statistics, biographical information, maps, and so on.

Primary Sources

Primary sources include original records, data, or manuscripts, and they are presented without commentary or interpretation. Examples include the following:

  • speeches
  • photographs
  • posters
  • letter
  • diaries
  • newspaper and magazine articles that report on an event (shortly after that event occurred)
  • poems, novels, plays, or other original literary works
  • scholary articles describing original research done by the author

This guide focuses on primary sources/documents as they relate to the study of history. Literary works and scholarly research articles may be accessed through other Research Guides.

Other Primary Source Web Sites

Library Databases for Historical Newspapers and Other Primary Historical Documents

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