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English: Primary Sources

What is a Primary Source?

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Primary Sources

Primary sources are original sources of information, typically created at the time of the events or individual being researched. The databases and websites listed on this page will help you to find primary sources that provide context for a literary work.

Primary sources have not yet been filtered through analysis, examination or interpretation. If you need help interpreting primary sources, try these links:

Featured Primary Source Database

Primary Source Collections (divided geographically)

Library Databases providing access to Primary Sources


Free Websites providing access to Primary Sources


Directories listing sites providing access to Primary Sources


These freely available websites are also great places to find primary sources. Hover over the  info icon fo view a brief description of each resource.

These freely available websites are also great places to find primary sources. Hover over the  info icon fo view a brief description of each resource.

Research Guides:

These freely available websites are also great places to find primary sources. Hover over the  info icon fo view a brief description of each resource.

These freely available websites are also great places to find primary sources. Hover over the  info icon fo view a brief description of each resource.

Directories:

Research Guides: