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American History I - HIST 2010

Finding Primary Sources

You will need to choose primary sources that are relevant to people and events that are within the time frame and place of this course.

  • Place: North America
  • Time: until 1877

Search the library catalog with the following phrases:

  • primary sources
  • autobiography
  • diary
  • letters
  • "a brief history with documents"

The Library of Congress has many primary sources available online.

  • Change the dropdown menu to "Books/Printed Material."
  • Use search terms such as "autobiography," "diary," or "journal."
  • Use the Date and Location tools to limit your search results to the century and country or state of your choice.

Project Gutenberg has thousands of eBooks online that are all available for free.

  • Use search terms such as "autobiography," "diary," or "journal."
  • You will need to use other resources to verify that these primary sources fit the time period and place relevant to this course.

Primary Source Print Books

This bibliography is a sample of book-length primary source titles available at the SOWELA Library & Learning Resource Center. This list does not contain all of the titles available through the SOWELA Library relevant to this class. More primary source titles can be found searching the catalog and other online resources.

Many of the titles listed below are physical books. Electronic books are labeled and also available through the library.

Primary Source eBooks

You will need to log in with your L-number and your pin (6 digits of your birthday - MMDDYY) to access these eBooks.

See this guide for directions on downloading eBooks.

Ask a librarian if you need help finding primary sources for your assignments.