What's a Primary Source?
The different types of primary sources include:
- government documents
- manuscript and archival material
- visual materials
- sound recordings
- oral history
Online Reference Sources
- Avalon Project at Yale Law School - documents in law, history and diplomacy from pre-18th century to 21st century.
- Using Primary Sources on the Web - Written by the Instruction & Research Services Committee of the Reference and User Service Association History Section of the American Library Association.
- Primary Sources Tutorial - from Yale's Library. Yes, we aren't at Yale but it still has good practical information.
- Primary Sources - written by the Library at the University of California, Berkeley.
Reference Books - The first place to begin your research
|Excellent source for basic information|
Subject Guide to Online Reference Sources
Don't find what you want below? Try Virtual Reference Shelf from the Library of Congress.
- Arts & Humanities (see also: English & Literature and History)
- Business (see also: Economic Statistical Sources)
- Encyclopedias & Almanacs
- English & Literature
- Government & Law
- Health, Medicine & Nursing
- Maps and Atlases
- Readers Advisory
- Statistical Sources
There are plenty of ways to get help when you're stuck!