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Primary Sources

Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or after events (have happened) in the form of memoirs and oral histories.  These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research. (ALA)

  • letters
  • manuscripts
  • diaries
  • journals
  • newspapers
  • speeches
  • interviews
  • memoirs
  • documents produced by governments agencies
  • photographs
  • audio recordings
  • moving pictures or video recordings
  • research data
  • objects and artifacts (works of art, ancient roads or buildings, tools, weapons)

Archived Historical Newspapers/General Primary Sources


Social Networking and Social Learning

Find documentaries, interviews, etc. on YouTube.

Locate lectures, podcasts, etc. on iTunes U.



The Importance of the History Research Paper

Internet Resources


The Dreaded DEAD Link

Does the link lead you to a web page that is no longer on the WWW? Try the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine


Search the NSA Collection

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Guidelines for for Writing History Research Papers/Thesis Statements

U.S. History Timelines


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