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HISTORY 201: The Historian's Craft: Nation Breakers, Nation Makers (Spring 2022) : Primary Sources

This course guide is designed for students of History 201: Nation Breakers, Nation Makers to help them in their research.

Special Collections

What are primary sources?

Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs or oral histories. They enable researchers to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period to help them understand and interpret the past.

Examples of primary sources include diaries, speeches, letters, memos, manuscripts, and other papers; memoirs and autobiographies; records of information collected by government agencies and organizations; published materials (books, magazine and journal articles, newspaper articles) written at the time; photographs, audio recordings, and moving pictures or video recordings; research data; and objects or artifacts. 

For additional help identifying primary sources, consult our Primary Sources for Humanities and Social Sciences Research Guide.

Primary Source Databases for Latin America

Finding Books

Books may be or contain primary sources. Examples may include personal narratives, memoirs, and autobiographies, collected works, and collections of documents. They may be published at the time or compiled and published at a later time.  

The following catalogs can help you find both print and electronic books.