Library Research Guide
A primary source is anything that has been created by a person who witnessed or experienced an event as a contemporary, such as
Primary sources also include things written, published, or recorded at the time of the event, such as
Use Search It to look for books containing primary sources.
Some books will include primary sources like diaries, letters, journals, manifests, maps, photographs, interviews, and more.
To locate primary sources add these keywords to your search:
Additionally, many books will have appendices containing samples of primary sources used by the author.
K-State Libraries subscribes to primary source databases. These include films, photographs, and even audio files.
Some databases relevant to war and memory include:
Googling is a great way to find archives and digital collections online. However, sometimes these collections are hidden several levels deep and aren't readily unearthed by Google.
Here are questions to help locate a digital collection or archive:
Find primary sources from established museums, archives, or the databases that K-State Libraries subscribes to. Sites and apps like Pinterest and Instagram reproduce a lot of compelling images. However, museums and archives provide important information—like dates, locations, and who is mentioned/discussed—that can help you understand the source. This information is often absent from social media.
If you do find an image—a photograph, a reproduced article or memo—but do not know its history, try Google's Reverse Image Search. This lets you start with an image and find other sites with that image or similar images. Ideally, you will find the institution that owns the image and can provide the history or context.
These online archives provide materials related to the Holocaust prior to and including World War II.
These four sites are focused purely on the Holocaust.
These two sites cover World War II in general and will provide the broader context of the Holocaust in France.
These sites include film and photographs.