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Finding Primary Sources for Historical Research: Web Sites

How to find primary sources for historical topics


The Web can be an excellent resource for primary historical information. Photographs, maps, scanned images of original documents, reprints of diaries and letters . . . these materials and much more may be found on library, university, and government web sites. Some sites are specific to a certain event or era, while others provide more wide-ranging historical documents. Not all materials on these sites are primary, so evaluate them carefully. Information taken from the Web must be credited when used for research purposes, even if the material is considered to be in the public domain. Examples of such websites are: