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What are Primary Sources?

A primary source is

Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later. Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format. (Definition from Primary Sources at Yale, (

Terms that you could add to your search:



oral history


radio broadcasts


GoWYLD Databases with primary source documents

  • Academic Search Premier
    Limit to speeches or interviews in document type.
  • Archives Unbound (Gale)
    Digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level. Covering the middle ages through the 20th Century
  • Britannica Online-Schools-High School
    Check out the Reference Desk section for Browse Primary Sources and eBooks.
    Also, World Data for statistics
  • CultureGrams
    CultureGrams provides country reports that go beyond mere facts and figures to deliver a one-of-a-kind perspective on daily life and culture, including the background, customs, and lifestyles of the world's people.
  • eLibrary Curriculum edition
    audio/video, pictures, transcripts, newspapers
  • Gale Primary Sources for Wyoming (handout)
    19th Century U.S. Newspapers, Picture Post Historical Archive, Indigenous Peoples of North American, just to name a few!
  • History Study Center
    Find primary sources within Study Units and under Historical Documents (Presidential Documents, Inside American History, 20th Century Speeches, etc.)
  • History Vault
    full-text, full-image database comprised of multiple subject modules providing full access to digitized letters, papers, photographs, scrapbooks, financial records, diaries, and other historical primary-source documents
  • Middle Search (EBSCO)
    Includes Vital Speeches
  • Opposing Viewpoints In Context
    You can target your search to just primary sources.

Other Sources for Primary Source Documents

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Images, statistics, government reports, newspapers, political cartoons.


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