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History 236: The End of Christendom: Primary Sources

course guide for History 236/Soph. Semn. 236

Using Primary Sources

What are Primary Sources?

"Items that are directly associated with their producer or user and the time period in which they were created. Examples include diaries, newspaper articles, government documents, clothing, photographs, oral interviews, and news broadcasts."

Categories of primary sources that may be useful to consider include public records, official records, personal documents (correspondence, diaries, letters), artifacts/relics, business and organization documents, images, architecture, city plans, and maps, media and other public communication, and literary texts.



This guide will help you locate Primary Source material. If you have difficulty using a resource, or cannot find something appropriate for your specific topic please don't hesitate to contact the Reference Librarian for assistance.

  • Using Primary Sources on the Web
    This guide from ALA notes web sources for Primary Source material as well as providing useful information for evaluating a website for usability in a research project.

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