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HIST 3000: History Research Methods: Finding Primary Sources


For local research questions related to the Intermountain West, please visit USU Special Collections and Archives, located on the lower level of the Merrill-Cazier Library. We collect a wide variety of primary source material related to regional history and culture. Staff can assist with collections of books, manuscripts, folklore, and photographs.


There are many ways to incorporate visual media into your research and presentation including photographs, images of works of art, maps, video. The following links are just a launching point. For additional help, please don't hesitate to ask.

Documents Online

The Library provides access to several databases of primary source documents including historical newspapers, letters and diaries, and images. Additionally, many libraries, museums, and educational institutions provide free access to the historical materials included in their collections. The links below are only a small selection of what is available, primarily focused on United States sources. 

Government Documents

Merrill-Cazier Library is a Regional Depository for U.S. Government publications.  Publications of major United Nations organs (Assembly, Council, Secretariat) are also part of the Government Documents collection. Advanced assistance with US Government and United Nations documents is available from Government Documents department [797-2684], Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

While many government documents are searchable in the Library's online catalog, earlier documents have often not been incorporated into that resource.  For thorough searching use: