Books, journals and magazines (secondary sources) are excellent resources but not the only ones available to researchers. Primary source records provide eye-witness accounts, the opportunity to view correspondence, diaries as well as financial and legal documents unedited. These materials also include photographs, ephemera and artifacts all of which provide a deep understanding, intimacy and emotional connection with the subject matter.
Listed below is a sample of databases in the library that contain primary source materials:
- American Civil War Research Database
- American Civil War: Letters and Diaries
- Ancestry Library
- Historical Statistics of the United States
- Lexis-Nexis History Universe
- New York Times Historical Newspaper
- Oral History Online
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers
- Wall Street Journal Historical
Primary source documents include but are not limited to correspondence, diaries/ personal journals, memoirs and census records. Newspaper articles can function as a primary or secondary source: if the reporter witnessed the event, it is a primary source; otherwise, it is regarded as a secondary source.
This guide contains links to print/ebooks, journals and databases for the subjects below:
- United States History
- European History
- Central and South American History
- African and Middle Eastern History
- East Asian History
- World History
These resources can be accessed by selecting their respective tab shown above.