A DePaul University Libraries Guide to understanding and finding primary sources.
From the Beinecke Library:
What is a primary source? Where can I find primary sources? What are some examples of primary sources?
- Online Collections
Find links to local collections, like the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Collection and the Digital Collections of the Art Institute. Find links to National sources, like North American Women's Letters & Diaries and American Memory, from the Library of Congress. And find links to International sources, like 19th Century British Pamphlets and Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive.
- Books & E-Books
Many primary sources are published in books. Start here for tips on finding books at DePaul that contain primary sources.
- Newspapers & Journals
Find links to online newspapers and journals, covering material from the 19th century through today.
Tips on starting your archival research. Find links to descriptions of collections, special resources in Chicago, and more.
- Data & Stats
A primary source can be a numerical bit of information, like the number of immigrants, the price of wheat, or survey results. Find links to National and International data resources.
Find links to streaming media and images, through DePaul's databases.
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