Primary sources are records created at the time of an event or experience, or as told by people who were present at the event such as:
You may want to take a look at Analyzing Primary Sources and Historical Documents to learn even more.
The best databases for primary sources are the History Online and Issues & Controversies in History databases, Salem History eBooks, Gale Primary Sources and OneSearch. They all have some great primary sources.
The ones that are the easiest to use to find primary sources History Online and Issues & Controversies in History databases. The others take a little more. work. You'll find tips for each below.
The History Online and Issues & Controversies in History databases are the easiest and quickest to use to find primary sources.
Search OneSearch for primary sources in books, eBooks and other sources. There are a few things you can try to make it easier to pull up primary sources. Here's how:
In OneSearch you can search to see if we have anything written by historical figures. These would be primary sources, as opposed to sources written about the historical figures.
Example: Try Author/Creator Thomas Jefferson
For events try adding the name of the event and one of the terms below.
Use the terms below with of or from with the name of an individual or event.
COM Library has Guides that include primary resources to make it easier for you to find for your subject.
The databases listed below have many or exclusively primary sources. Britannica Academic and MasterFile Premier have mainly secondary sources, but some primary sources can be found. Primary sources from our databases include maps, images, correspondence, journals, census records, archival films, newsreels and much more.