Library Research Guide
"Anything that has been created by a person who witnessed or experienced an event as a contemporary would be a primary source. Examples of primary sources would include letters, diaries, autobiographies, and contemporary documents such as newspaper articles, government documents, and oral histories." --Tim Watts
Primary sources, including letters, papers, photographs, and other documents, can be published in books.
1. Use an Advanced Search screen. This will provide multiple boxes to mix-and-match search terms.
2. In one box, enter search terms that describe your topic (example: Japanese Americans).
3. In second box, enter search terms that describe primary sources. Possible terms include:
Combine the primary source terms using the word OR (example: sources OR papers OR letters OR diaries)
These databases are good starting points for primary source materials. The “best” primary source databases in History will vary depending on your research question.
Reading the database description and the dates covered will help you decide which one to use.
We have many more databases with primary source materials. Find them by using the "Primary" tag on our databases page.
These databases cover a diversity of publications and time periods and are typically digitized copies of documents, so that you can see them in as close to their original form as possible.
These databases include primary sources like: