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World History Since 1500 - HIST 112a Resource Guide: Primary Sources

This course surveys the major developments that have shaped the human experience since around 1500 CE.

Primary Sources

What is a primary source?

 First-hand historical evidence or an original account of an event, especially used as research material.(Canadian Oxford Dictionary)

How do I find primary sources?

Newspaper articles, letters, diaries, interviews, and oral histories are examples of primary sources.

When searching in the online catalog, use subject headings such as diaries, personal narratives, or autobiography.

Where to find primary sources

Primary Resources at Stafford Library

These resources are available in the library.

Books and E-Books

Primary sources can be found by search for items with the subjects sources, diaries, narratives, memoirs, and autobiographies. Here are some sample searches in our online catalog.


Internet Resources