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H U.S. History (Mr. Rosenfels): Primary Sources

Primary Sources - for evidence

When historians talk about evidence, they often mean primary sources. Primary sources (propaganda posters, speeches, charters, documents created during the time period being studied) can offer rich and unique insights into your topic. Thousands of primary documents have been digitized and can be found online on university, government and museum websites. 

NOTE: The easiest way to include primary documents is to identify them from your background reading - make notes on dates of treaties and speeches you read about.  Record the date and author so you can search for the original document (perhaps in translation) later.

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Primary Sources on the Web

Many universities have assembled portals of digitized primary documents for students to access online. 

Guide template courtesy of

Qi Huang, E-Resources Librarian at The Harker School