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Primary sources are found by combining your topic with the term - Sources. Examples:
- History - Sources
- World War, 1939-1945 - Sources
- Shakespeare, William, -- 1564-1616 -- Sources
- African American women -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
You may also combine your topic with these specific terms:
- Biography (but only use the autobiographical parts)
- Catalogs (used to find works of Art)
- Exhibitions (used to find works of Art)
- Letters - See Correspondence
- Personal narratives
- Pictorial works
- Public opinion
- Speeches, addresses, etc.
Using OneSearch to find Primary Sources
Go to OneSearch and search on your topic.
Under Source Types on the left side of the page, limit the results to Primary Source Documents.
What are Primary Sources
Primary sources reflect the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer. It constitutes first hand evidence "from" the time... as opposed to "about" the time.
- Diaries, journals, speeches, interviews, letters, memos, manuscripts, memoirs, autobiographies, government documents, and organizations records.
- Books and articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers written at the time about a particular event.
- Photographs, paintings, portraits, and audio and video recordings documenting what happened.
- Surveys and polls and interviews.
Milestone documents in American history : exploring the primary sources that shaped America / Paul Finkelman, editor in chief ; Bruce A. Lesh, consulting editor.
Call Number: eBook
Contains 133 chronologically arranged documents beginning with the British crown's Proclamation Act of 1763 and ending with the 2003 Supreme Court decision Lawrence v. Texas. In between, the volumes cover major texts such as the Declaration of Independence, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and Roe v. Wade, as well as lesser-known selections such as the Treaty of Fort Pitt with the Delaware Indian Nation, Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Seneca Falls Convention Declaration of Sentiments, César Chávez's Commonwealth Address, and the 2002 Bybee Torture Memo. The set's value lies in the in-depth information on a document's origin and influence, and the objective analysis provided .Subheadings include: "Overview," "Context," "Time Line," "Explanation and Analysis of the Document," "Impact," "Questions for Further Study," "Related Documents," and "Essential Quotes."
Milestone documents in world history : exploring the primary sources that shaped the world / Brian Bonhomme, editor in chief ; Cathleen Boivin, consulting editor
Key documents from all important world cultures are included, from the ancient Near East and ancient Egypt to the Greek and Roman Empires, medieval Islam, Renaissance Europe, and modern Africa and Asia. Constitutions, speeches, letters, acts, treaties, and legal cases are all covered. Among the documents included in the set are iconic legal and constitutional documents such as the Code of Hammurabi, Magna Carta, Meiji Constitution, and the Constitutive Act of the African Union; famous treatises such as the Plato's "Allegory of the Cave," the Communist Manifesto, and Osama bin Laden's Declaration of Jihad against America; important legislative acts from the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to the Treaty of Nanjing to the Treaty of Versailles; and cultural and political declarations such as Martin Luther's 95 Theses, Gandhi's "Quit India" Speech, and Nelson Mandela's Inaugural Address.--From publisher description.
The Library of Original Sources (10 vols.) by
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 1907
Where else can you find the Communist Manifesto, Galileo’s Recantation, Cortes’ Account of the City of Mexico, the Rosetta Stone, and the Republican Platform of 1860?
v. 1. The ancient world.--v. 2. The Greek world.--v. 3. The Roman world.--v. 4. Early mediaeval age.--v. 5. 9th to 16th century.--v. 6. Advance in knowledge, 1650-1800.--v. 7. Era of revolution.--v. 8. 1800-1833.--v. 9. 1833-1865.--v. 10. 1865-1903. Indexes.
Dictionary of historic documents / George C. Kohn ; introduction by Leonard Latkovski.
Call Number: D9 .K63 1991
Contains summaries of over 2,200 significant historic documents, in alphabetical order, from before the time of Christ to the present day Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
An interdisciplinary eBook collection containing a large number of primary source titles including:
Defining Documents in American History
- Exploration & Colonial America (1492-1755)
- The American Revolution (1754-1805)
- The American West (1836–1900)
- Civil War (1860–1865)
- Reconstruction Era (1865–1877)
- The Emergence of Modern America (1874–1917)
- The 1900s (1900-1909)
- The 1910s (1910-1919)
- The 1920s (1920–1929)
- The 1930s (1930–1939)
- Postwar 1940s (1945–1950)
- The 1950s (1950-1959)
- The 1960s (1960-1969)
- World War I (1914–1919)
- World War II (1939–1946)
- Civil Rights (1954–2015)
Defining Documents in World History
- The Ancient World (2700 B.C.E.–c.500 C.E.)
- Middle Ages (476–1500)
- Renaissance & Early Modern Era (1308-1600)
- The 17th Century (1601-1700)
Great Events from History
- The Ancient World, Prehistory-476 c.e.
- The Middle Ages, 477-1453
- Renaissance & Early Modern Era, 1454-1600
- The Seventeenth Century 1601-1700
- The Eighteenth Century
- The Nineteenth Century
Milestone Documents in
- African American History
- American History
- World History
- World Religions
Over 400 reference books on Careers, Health, History, Literature and Science. Great for Primary Sources!