Answered By: APUS Librarians Last Updated: Nov 25, 2020 Views: 41118
The answer really depends on what you are looking for...there are many different kinds of primary sources, and they can be found in many of our library's databases. So, first be sure that you understand what sets primary sources apart from secondary and tertiary sources.
Once you've done that, think about the kind of primary source that you need for your research project (a speech, letter, interview, etc.?).
Then try these options:
- Visit the library's Primary Source Research page. There you will find useful archives terminology and help with locating a variety of primary sources.
- Search the library's EBSCOhost databases:
- Use the Primary Source Document option under "Publication Type" (look beneath the search box), which will let you limit your search results to primary documents only. Be sure to read here about how EBSCO defines "primary source document."
- You can also use the Document Type option to select specific types of sources (interviews, speeches or letters would be primary, for example, while an article could be either primary or secondary).
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- Search the library's ProQuest databases: Look for the Advanced Search link, then scroll down to find the Document Type option, much like the one in EBSCO. Use it to target specific types of primary sources, like interviews or speeches. Click image to view larger:
- Newspaper articles are often considered primary sources (especially those that report events and interviews). Click here to learn how to search for newspaper articles.
- Research articles are primary sources, and you can find them in many of our databases. Click here to read more about research articles.
- Diaries are also considered primary sources, and you can search for those from the library's book tab.
- The library's American History in Video database (linked here) contains primary source videos that allow students to analyze "historical events, and their presentation over time, through commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries."