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Primary Sources

A primary source is usually a record made at the time of an event by participants or by firsthand observers. Examples include:

  • contemporary newspaper or magazine accounts
  • government reports
  • books that contain personal writings such as diaries

See the boxes below for resources to help you find different types of primary source material: Books and More, Newspapers and Magazines, and Government Publications.

Books and More

The library's catalog, Discover Local, includes primary sources as well as secondary sources,
as does the international database, Worldcat.
These databases or links include books and other types of materials,
such as photographs, maps, original manuscripts, etc.

Newspapers and Magazines

Government Publications (Federal, State, Local)

Resources from the Western History Association

In June 2020, librarians and archivists from the Western History Association held a webinar to assist graduate students with research during the COVID pandemic.