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)
- documents produced by governments agencies
- 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
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Find documentaries, interviews, etc. on YouTube.
Locate lectures, podcasts, etc. on iTunes U.
The Importance of the History Research Paper
Also check museums, resources listed in the back of books, and teachers' lesson plans.
Search the NSA Collection
Thesis Statement for History Research Papers
Each search engine uses an algorithm to locate and index information that is one the internet; therefore, each of the search engines produces slightly different results. And because Google (and others) track your searches and customize results based on this information, it is advantageous to use and additional search engine. Each search engine has it's own "personality" so evaluate the one that will best suit your research needs.