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History: Primary Sources

How to locate primary resources for historical research at the University of Oklahoma Libraries.

Guide to Locating Court Records, Briefs and Oral Arguments

Proxy URL

Some databases allow you to "bookmark" or "permalink" documents. If you are off campus, however, many of these links will not work, as they do not route you correctly through our servers (if at all). To correct that problem, add the following base URL text to the beginning of the "bookmark" or "permalink" URL if such text is not already present:

The modified URL will take you to the library's login screen if you are not already logged into our website, or to the bookmarked document if you are on-campus or have logged into our website.

Government Documents Department
& Donald E. Pray Law Library

The University of Oklahoma's Government Documents Collection is now in storage, but items may still be retrieved via Sooner Xpress. Contact the Government Documents Librarian, Jeffrey Wilhite, and see his research guides listed here for more information:
The Donald E. Pray Law Library is open to main campus students, and many (but not all) of its online resources are also available with a main campus OUNetID. See for all Law Library research guides, for resources related to the Supreme Court of the United States. Contact their Reference Desk at (405) 325-5268 or email them at

Government Documents Databases (U.S. / Colonial)

These databases are good places to find primary source material such as congressional hearings, documents from government agencies, laws, and Supreme Court decisions. 

Government Documents Databases (British)

See for a detailed guide on locating British government documents.