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Find Primary Sources

Primary sources are the original data, images, or artifacts created at the time an event occurred or at a later date by a participant in the events being studied.  Primary sources provide direct evidence about events, phenomena, or a person’s thoughts or actions.  Original creative works are also considered primary sources.

Use the Primary Sources for History subject guide to locate a wide variety of primary sources.

The Primary Sources Tutorial provides guidance on how to locate primary sources in the Libraries’ collections.

Many of the subject guides contain suggestions for locating primary sources in specific subject areas like Dance or Middle Eastern Studies or Economics.