Finding Primary Sources Using Subscription Databases


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Finding Primary Sources Using Subscription Databases

  1. 1. Finding Primary Sources<br />Using Databases<br />
  2. 2. Primary Sources, what?<br />Original records created at the time historical events occurred, or<br />Memoirs and oral histories, created after the event occurred.<br />Letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies, photographs, audio recordings, videos, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons.<br />“Using Primary Sources on the Web” Reference and User Services, ALA.10 Jan. 2008. Web. 11 Mar 2010.<br />
  3. 3. Primary Sources, why? where?<br />Why?<br />Original evidence<br />Stories altered/distorted when retold--> telephone game.<br />Where?<br />Originals: National Archives, Museums, Private Holdings.<br />Scanned Image of Document or Transcribed Text: Databases, books.<br />
  4. 4. Example:<br />Herbert Hoover: quote on the Great Depression<br />"Once upon a time my political opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a world-wide depression all by myself." <br />"Herbert Hoover: quote on the Great Depression." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2010. Web. 19 Mar. 2010. <>.<br />
  5. 5. Primary Sources… need analysis!<br />Where was the source made/found?<br />Who is the intended audience?<br />What is the purpose?<br />Is their bias in the account?<br />What is the tone?<br />What assumptions/conclusions does author make?<br />Is the information intentionally distorted?<br />
  6. 6. Databases, why?<br />Is the information provided accurate or biased?<br />Who is responsible for providing this information?<br />Why are they providing this information? <br />Are their resources accurate, evaluated and reputable?<br />What do others say about using this resource?<br />
  7. 7. Searching<br />Eliminate unnecessary words.<br />Does this phrase/term have an alternate meaning?<br />Do I need to be more specific? more general?<br />Possible synonyms?<br />Advanced Search<br />Boolean operators: “, and, not, ( ).<br />
  8. 8. User ID: <br />Password:<br />Choose database<br />Advanced Search<br />Choose Categories and Era<br />No save or folders option; use ID number as reference/bookmark.<br />Image source under image<br />Check other databases<br />
  9. 9. User ID: <br />Password:<br />Choose database, (American History Online)<br />Folder login (top right), create folder, login<br />Learning Center Topic<br />Primary Sources and Additional Resources<br />Save wanted items<br />
  10. 10. General, not subject limited, database<br />User ID:<br />Password:<br />Choose Student Research Center<br />Sign In using tab at top. Create account. Use Destiny sign in info for user ID and password.<br />Uncheck all, check Primary Source Docs or<br />Enter search terms “the great depression”<br />Advanced Search to limit primary source type<br />Click on Print for work cited Information.<br />Add “to save” items to folder<br />
  11. 11. User ID:<br />Pasword:<br />World Book Advanced<br />Advanced Search<br />Uncheck All<br />Check Primary Sources and choose Sound and Picture types<br />Enter Search Terms<br />
  12. 12. Exit Card: <br /><br />