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HSS 100 - Ancient & Medieval Cities and Culture: Primary Sources

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Primary Source Types

  • Autobiographies
  • Diaries/Journals
  • Letters
  • Speeches
  • Travel Accounts
  • Messages and Papers
  • Government Documents
  • Magazine/Newspaper Articles
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
  • Other Non-Text Materials

Research Tip

Always do reading in secondary sources before looking for primary sources.  Often times, information in secondary sources will lead you to a primary source.  For example, an article in a reference book might reference a speech or letter written by the person you are researching.

OWHL Answers

Search the OWHL Catalog for Primary Sources

   Oliver Wendell Holmes Library Catalog


When searching for primary source at the OWHL be sure to add the phrase "primary source" to your search. For example if you are looking for primary sources for Thomas Jefferson, your search would look like this: "Thomas Jefferson" and "primary source"

E-Books that Contain Primary Source Material

Databases with Primary Sources