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Primary Sources

How to find print and digital primary sources in the library and on the web.

Databases for Primary Sources

General US History

Civil War


For a full list of the library's primary source databases, see:

Print Indexes

Before online databases, print indexes were the way that scholars discovered what articles and essays were written on a topic. While many things have been moved to databases, many news, magazine, and other popular sources from the early to mid-Twentieth Century, which could make great primary sources for topics in that era, are unlikely to be digitized. The way to discover these sources is still through print indexes. 

The indexes are shelved together on the Second Floor of Beeghly Library.