Newspapers are the most commonly accessible primary sources, directly reporting on events of the day.
Primary resources from the teachingamericanhistory.org website
Need a topic, but don't know where to start? Need some background information to help you build better searches? Start with some of these reference sources to browse and learn basic information about your topic.
Online: Forget Wikipedia or random Google searches! These sites are just as easy to search, but provide you with academic sources that you can include on your bibliography!
Print: Need something a bit more specific to a certain era or movement? We've got great reference books here in the library. Here's a small example of what we've got. Ask a librarian for help identifying a source that will apply to your area of research.
Primary sources can come in a wide variety of forms. The key is limiting it to works that were created during the scope of the event under study. Here's a range of what you could find: books or pamphlets, newspapers or magazines, government documents, organizational records, diaries, letters, scrapbooks, paintings, photographs, maps, oral interviews, sound or video recordings, even websites or blogs.
When searching the library catalog, add keywords like "sources", "personal narratives", "maps" or "photographs" to your topical search to find primary sources here in the library.
Following are some reputable sites to find primary source materials related to United States history:
17th & 18th Centuries: