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Primary Resources at Raether Library

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Imperialism : a history in documents
Call Number: 325.32 Smi
ISBN: 0195108019
Historical documents help trace the development of imperial growth throughout the world.

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Milestone documents in American history. exploring the primary sources that shaped America
Call Number: REF 973 Mil
ISBN: 0979775841
This multi-volume set covers a variety of primary source documents from 1763 - 2003.

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We Were There, Too! - Phillip Hoose
Call Number: 973 Hoo
ISBN: 0374382522


What is a Primary Resource?

A primary source is a document, speech, or other sort of evidence written, created or otherwise produced during the time under study. Primary sources offer an inside view of a particular event.
Examples include:
Original Documents
Autobiographies, diaries, e-mail, interviews, letters, minutes, news film footage, official records, photographs, raw research data, speeches.
Creative Works
Art, drama, films, music, novels, poetry.
Relics or Artifacts
Buildings, clothing, DNA, furniture, jewelry, pottery.
From the University of Reno in Reno, Nevada.

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Primary Resources on the Web

  • Letters of Note
    Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Click on Archives to see a variety of search options.
  • Using Primary Sources on the Web (from ALA-RUSA)
    This amazing source walks you through the process of determining a primary source and lists many places to find them on the web.

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