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Research Before Your Visit
The resources listed below are available either through Badgerlink or for free, and are good places to begin your research before your library visit. Additional primary and secondary resources will be available to you when you visit Andersen Library.
Preview primary source database titles available at Andersen Library. (Full access will be available during your library visit.)
What are Primary Sources?
Primary Sources can be many things as the list above suggests. Many websites called digital collections or digital archives contain primary sources.
Women's Suffrage Collection
Primary sources from the Library of Congress about the fight for the women's right to vote in the United States.
(Library of Congress). Photographs, maps, manuscripts, sheet music, and more are provided on this site. A broad range of American history is covered. Search specific collections or across all collections, or browse collections by topic.
Digital Public Library of America
DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.
Primary Sources in Databases
History Reference Center may include a search limiter for primary source materials or other publication types that may be primary sources. Look carefully in the advanced search features of databases to take advantage of these features.
You still need to be the final judge! Is the document you select truly a primary source? If you aren't sure, review the information in the What Are Primary Sources? information box on the left side of this page, or ask a teacher or librarian for assistance.
History Reference Center
The History Reference Center is a comprehensive history reference database featuring full text for more than 2,500 reference books, encyclopedias, and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. The database also includes full text articles from nearly 170 history periodicals.