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Primary Sources: Overview


Understanding Primary Sources

Primary sources are original, first-hand testimony. Secondary sources comment on, interpret, or analyze primary documents. Find out more about primary sources and how to find them in the library search.

Digital Collections

Some libraries digitize their archival documents and make them available online. This tab shows you how to find digital collections and links to selected databases with digital primary sources.

Special Collections

Special collections, or archival collections, often contain historic primary source documents collected by the library.

Recommended Resources

Primary Source Guides