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HIST 3000: Christopher Conte: Finding Primary Sources

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Using a Special Collections Library or Archive

Special collections libraries and archives are the laboratories where historians do their work.  This video about the USU Libraries Special Collections & Archives unit describes a local repository to which you have access. Note that often your best source of information for how to find materials in a repository is a librarian or an archivist. Please feel free to make and appointment to come to our repository on the lower level of the Merril-Cazier Library or contact any of our curators for assistance with your research. We also have tutorials that help you learn how to locate materials in our collections:

Finding Primary Sources Online

Of course, at this time it may be very difficult to get access to a physical repository.  Happily, over the past decade, libraries and information providers have digitized vast numbers of primary sources. Watch the video below for tips on the wide variety of digitized sources available to you and how you might access them.

Suggested Primary Sources Available Online through the Merrill-Cazier Library (A# Required)

The USU Libraries have licensed access to a wide array of digitized full text/image primary sources.  Here are a few of the most popular licensed archival collections. In addition, many libraries digitize their own collections and make those available freely online. If one of these doesn't support your research, I am happy to help you try to track down one that will work.

Newspapers, Periodicals, and Books as Primary Sources

Many students think of newspapers, periodicals, and books as secondary sources.  However, if they were produced at the time under study, they are also considered primary sources as they document contemporary thought. Many early printed materials have been digitized, and below is a small selection of searchable databases.  Again, contact me if you are looking for something more specific.

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