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According to the American Library Association, primary sources are the evidence of history, original records or objects created by participants or observers at the time historical events occurred or even well after events, as in memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include but are not limited to: letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, maps, speeches, interviews, documents produced by government agencies, photographs, audio or video recordings, born-digital items (e.g. emails), research data, and objects or artifacts (such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons).
"These sources serve as the raw materials historians use to interpret and analyze the past."*
Use the databases
The databases contain thousands of primary sources. Search for your topic and use the tools within each database to limit your results. The following databases are excellent resources for finding primary sources. BE SURE TO LIMIT YOUR SEARCH TO PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS.
limit the domain name to .gov or .edu
Many university and government websites have collections containing primary sources. Try locating these by creating an advanced search and limit the domain suffix to .edu or .gov. or use the search operator site:gov, site:edu
SEARCH THE DESTINY CATALOG AND FIND BOOKS WITH PRIMARY SOURCES
Use the keywords "pimary source" plus your unique search term (ex. Roosevelt primary source) to find books in the media center that contain primary source documents.