Live Library Session - Primary SourcesPresentation Transcript
WELCOME TO Finding primary sources I’m Heidi and we’ll be starting shortly. Use the public chat on the left hand side of the page to introduce yourself! Go to ToolsAudioAudio Setup Wizard to optimize your audio and set up your microphone if using one. Please, use the button in the lower left cornerto keep your microphone turned off unless you want to talk.
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Tonight I’ll be covering… What primary sources are Why you might need them in your research How to find primary sources in the library’s print collection in the library’s digital collections on the open Web in archives
What is a primary source? An item that was created during the period being studied and documents in some way what is being studied. Examples: Newspaper accounts Government documents (data, congressional transcripts, laws, etc.) Diaries, letters, personal accounts, memoirs Speeches, oral histories Images and museum artifacts
You might need primary sources if… You need to get an unbiased account of an issue. You want to get a sense of what it was like at a specific time in history. You need to get the latest data. You need to know exactly how the government handled a specific issue. Your professor tells you that you need primary sources in your paper.
Before you start Look at bibliographies Get basic factual information: Specific dates Names of key events, congressional bills, etc. Places Names of people involved Names of organizations, agencies, etc. Names of specific documents you already know of
Searching the library’s print collection Search the catalog Possible search terms Sources or documents Personal narratives, autobiography or memoir Correspondence or letters Diary Interview or oral history Speeches Pamphlet Pictorial works, photographs or art
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Searching the library’s online collections Historical Newspapers: Early American Newspapers, Historical New York Times, African American newspapers: The 19th Century Digital Collections: Digital National Security Archive, Sources in U.S. History, and more More Recent Newspapers (1970s-present): LexisNexis Academic, ProQuest Newspapers, InfoTrac Custom Newspapers Government Info: LexisNexis Congressional, LexisNexis State Capital, CQ Political Reference Suite Legal Info: LexisNexis Academic (legal box)
Web searching for primary sources Google searching Google Books and Internet Archive Major sources of primary source material CIA FOIA Reading Room, FBI FOIA Reading Room American Memory (from Library of Congress) Avalon Project at Yale Law School Combined Arms Research Library Digital Library National Security Archive Many, many, many more. Government Data on the Web
Finding primary sources in archives Places to search Worldcat Repositories of Primary Sources directory UNESCO Archives Portal Archives Hub (for UK sources) National Archives Online Public Access Websites of specific archives you know of Contact the archives to see if they can copy specific portions to send to you. Not all will be able to do so.
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