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Primary Sources for History Classes

Welcome

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.

"Primary Source: 'What If' Research" by theunquietlibrary is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

What are primary sources?

  •  What are primary sources? - from Cal State Los Angeles
  • "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.
  • "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.
 

 Finding primary sources on the Internet