This guide will help you understand what primary sources are and where to find them. If you need help, don't hesitate to contact the history subject librarian whose contact information is in the box to the left, as well as consulting your instructor.
Explore the links below for detailed information on understanding and finding primary resources.
1) From the University Library’s FAQ page:
2) From Cal State Los Angeles
3) "Primary Sources on the Web: Finding, Evaluating, Using" From the American Library Association. Explains primary sources, provides links to primary sources on the web, and how to evaluate and cite primary sources on the web. Predominantly useful for United States and Canadian history primary sources.
4) "Guide to Online Primary Sources" from the University of California, San Diego. An extensive resource for primary sources in California, U.S. history, world history, maps, medieval history, newspapers, religion and more. NOTE: If you see a lock icon next to a resource, this indicates access is only available to UC San Diego students.
5) Falsification of history. There are famous (and infamous) examples of primary sources being altered for purposes of propaganda and "rewriting history."
8) Finding primary sources on the Internet.
9) Cal Poly Pomona Library primary source databases:
10) Digital Public Library of America. United States images, texts, videos, and sounds primary sources.