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Contains a comprehensive guide to informational resources on history.
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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.


Historical Resources

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. 

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