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HISTORY 201: The Historian's Craft: The Weimar Republic and the Rise of Nazism (Spring 2021) : Find Primary Sources

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are materials from the time period that report on what is happening.  Examples include books (e.g., personal narratives, memoirs, and autobiographies, collected works, and collections of documents); journal and magazine articles, newspaper articles, government documents, archival sources (.e.g, diaries, interviews, memos, manuscripts, and other papers and records of organizations); and multimedia sources (e.g., photographs, audio recordings, and motion pictures or video recordings). 

This page provides access to selected databases for primary sources that related to the topics of this course.

Finding Primary Sources in Books (in the Library Catalog)

 Use the tips below to search the Library Catalog for books that contain primary sources.

  • Words in catalog records can identify an item as a primary source. Search for format related words like: advertisements, autobiographies, correspondence, diaries, documents, interviews, journal, letters, manuscripts, personal narratives, sources, speeches, etc. You can combine a primary-source format word with words describing your topic (e.g., letters and Lincoln or diaries and civil war).
  • To find diaries, letters, autobiographies, personal papers, etc., by a particular person, search for the person's name as an author.
  • For more information about finding primary sources, see the Research Guides on this page.

General Primary Sources

Primary Sources: Topic 1: Democratic Politics

Primary Sources: Topic 2: The Avant-Garde

Primary Sources: Topic 3: Gender and Sexuality

Primary Sources: Topic 4: The Rise of the Nazis

Research Guides

See the Research Guides below for more information about primary sources. The Research Guides include many more online resources including ones with historical journals, magazines and newspapers and documents.

Finding Newspapers

You can search for historical newspapers that could also be used as primary sources.

This newspaper research guide has an entire page dedicated to finding Historical Newspapers.