Finding Primary Source Materials
Last modified: October 17, 2011
An instructional page from the American Library Association about how to identify, fin,d and evaluate primary sources. This informative page also includes links to primary resources on the Web.
This interactive tutorial provides students practice with differentiating between primary and secondary sources. Research scenarios are used to teach the skills and activities are instantly assessed. Also links to a helpful guide on finding primary sources online. Keywords: periodicals, identifying sources, newspaper, oral histories, memoirs, documents, raw material.
This self-paced tutorial provides students with practice evaluating an article and its bibliographic information to determine if it is a primary research article. Keywords: self assessment, quizzes, printable primary, and secondary sources, evaluating research articles.
Interactive, printable tutorial that teaches students how to differentiate between primary and secondary research articles and how to incorporate each in research assignments. Includes practice components with instant feedback.
Last modified: January 18, 2013
Use our catalog to search for different types of primary resources. Follow these steps:
- On the keyword search page, type your major search topic.
- On the second line, change Any Field to Subject.
- Type one of the following into the Subject line:
- Personal Narratives
- You can search more than one of these by putting OR between words.
- Autobiographical information can be found by changing Any Field to Author and typing in the name of the person.
- Early Works can be used to search for Primary Sources from before 1800.
The world's largest union catalog of books, manuscripts and other materials held in libraries worldwide. Follow the same steps and use the same terminology as those for the UA Library Catalog above. If we don't own something, use the Interlibrary Loan option.
Special Collections maintains collections of rare books and unique archival materials that make possible in-depth research on selected topics. You can use Special Collections to locate rare books, manuscript collections, photographs, and other materials in a wide variety of subject areas.
Maps are also primary sources and we own maps from all over the world. Follow the link above to learn how to search for maps.
Last modified: October 13, 2011
Over 1,100 periodicals published from 1740 to 1900, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and many other historically significant periodicals.
Index to government hearings, reports and the Serial Set from 1789 until the present, as well as digitized full text.
Contains digital page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.
Full-text of every significant English-language and foreign-language title covering multiple disciplines printed in Great Britain from 1701 to 1800.
Full text of early American imprints, based upon the renowned American Bibliography by Charles Evans. Fully searchable as well as organized by genre such as Almanacs, Broadsides, Devotional literature, Travel guides, Plays, etc.
Collection of over 1,500 digitized books from the 19th century in all subject areas, and full-text of 23 periodicals including: Scientific American, Scribner's, Harper's New Monthly Magazine, and The Galaxy. Periodical titles cover the dates 1815-1901.
Hundreds of digitized journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences, representing more than 200 years of scholarship. Also searches the British Periodicals database.
Last modified: October 13, 2011
A digitized collection: early American newspapers including titles from all 50 present states. Includes: Early American Newspapers, Series 1 (1690 - 1876), Early American Newspapers, Series 2 (1758 - 1900) and Early American Newspapers, Series 3 (1829 - 1922).
Full text and full image of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle from October 26, 1841 to December 31, 1902.
The full text backfile of the influential black newspaper. The Chadwyck version combines several resources for research in Black Studies: Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), The Chicago Defender, and the Black Literature Index.
Full text and full image searching and retrieving of the Chicago Tribune, 1849-1986.
Full text of all of the entire Times. Covers 1785-1984. One can view the entire page or specific article. The contents of this newspaper are completely searchable.
Full text and full image searching and retrieving of historic New York Times (1851 - 2006), LA Times (1881-1987), Atlanta Constitution (1868-1945), Chicago Tribune (1849-1987), and Washington Post (1877-1993).
Index to American and British publications,the New York Times (1863-1905), New York Daily Tribune (1875-1906), and government publications (1774-1881). Links to some full text.
Last modified: February 17, 2014
Images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II. Created by Duke University from images in its advertising collection.
From the Library of Congress; includes photographs from the National Archives.
A database of pictures of the colonial Americas, from Hudson Bay to Tierra del Fuego, based entirely on primary sources printed or created between 1492 and ca. 1825.
Over 400,000 contemporary and selected historical images from the archive of the Associated Press.
A repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images and related data
Life Photo Archive stretches from 1750 to today.
Last modified: March 22, 2013
This subject guide is a wealth of primary sources from historical government documents to American Civil War diaries and letters to slave narratives.
Scroll down to the Arizona and the Southwest Sources section
This subject guide includes Christian Latin texts from the Roman and medieval periods and other materials from the Classical area.
This subject guide includes primary resources from 450s to 1450.
This subject guide includes primary resources from the 1300's to the 1800's.
This subject guide includes primary resources from the mid-1700's to the present day.
The primary sources in the Latin American History subject guide include declassified US State Department documents, letters and diaries from early encounters between Europeans and Native Americans, and early maps of the Southwest.
Last modified: October 13, 2011