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ASHI 442: Immigration, Ethnicity and Race in US History - Bucki: Primary Sources

Searching for Primary Sources

Consider your choice of keywords when searching for Primary Sources. Some examples: 

  • Diaries
  • Interviews
  • Legal documents
  • Reports
  • Speeches
  • Letters
  • Historical newspapers or magazines
  • Eyewitness video
  • Images
  • Works of art
  • Data sets
  • Results of experiments and clinical trials

TIP: Secondary sources can be the key to finding primary sources. Be sure to look at secondary source bibliographies. 

Primary Sources - A selection of books

Primary Sources - A Selection of Databases

Primary Sources - A Selection of Websites

Many primary sources for history are freely available on websites. These include digitized newspapers, documents, photographs and more.  This guide gives tips on how to evaluate the authenticity of these sources.