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History: Primary Sources

This guide assists in the discovery of print and online primary documents for historical research.

About This Guide

This is a selective guide to finding primary source materials for historical research. There are hundreds of collections of primary source materials available on the Web, and more are added every day. Because there is no single comprehensive database of primary sources, you may need to explore different strategies for locating resources of interest.

Let us know if you are having trouble finding what you're looking for!  If you have any questions about using this guide, comments, or problems, please feel free to contact the Reference Desk via email, chat, or in person during the library's reference hours.

Acknowledgement: The content for this guide has been reproduced with permission, and in some rare cases heavily borrowed, from UNC Chapel Hill's Finding Primary Resource Documents guide.  Any errors contained here are our own, and are not the responsibility of UNC or its librarians.