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Primary Sources: Resources

A list of databases and websites that provide access to primary sources and documents.

What Are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are materials that provide direct evidence or give eyewitness accounts of people and events.  Primary sources may be:

  • written (letters, diaries, autobiographies, manuscripts, articles reporting original scientific research);
  • recorded (audio or video recordings); or
  • created (artifacts, works of art). 

What constitutes a primary source may vary between disciplines, but primary sources are always considered to be authoritative.

For more information about primary sources, and the difference between primary and secondary sources, visit our "Primary vs. Secondary" page at

Recommended Databases

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Documents & Archives



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 -- Access limited to EC users

 -- Open access

 -- Some full text

 -- Images

 -- Video files

 -- Audio files

 -- Not searchable in Library Search

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