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    1. 1. LIVING HISTORY FINDING PRIMARY SOURCESPresented by Gricel Dominguez, January 2013
    2. 2. PRIMARY VS. SECONDARY SOURCES Primary Sources Secondary Sources• Any source produced • Sources of information when an event actually on and/or about the occurred… subject of your study.• Or by the subject of • Textbooks, articles, new your study. s and magazine • For example, the writings stories, etc. of Thomas Jefferson. • For example, a chapter in a textbook on the writings of Thomas Jefferson.
    3. 3. WHY USE PRIMARY SOURCES• Primary sources help you support your arguments, ideas, and conclusions when exploring and researching historical events, eras, figures, and more.
    4. 4. TYPES OF PRIMARY SOURCES• Correspondence• Newspaper clippings from the time• Scrapbooks• Diaries and Journals• Legal and judicial documents• Photographs and other creative works• Clothes and other fashions• Objects and other implements• And much more!
    5. 5. WHERE TO FIND PRIMARY SOURCES• You can find primary sources at the University Library and on the web.• Primary sources include scans of original documents that are available in databases or public, online collections…• As well as objects and documents in a museum, archive, or major library.
    6. 6. PRIMARY SOURCES AT THE LIBRARYWhat kind of primary Online Databasessources are available at Available in the E-Research,the University Library? A-Z listing • ATLA E-Books (1300s-1893) • ATLA E-Books (1894-1923)• Primary Source • Latin America & Caribbean Databases Portal• Documents in the • New York Times (1851-2008) library archives • Slavery Anti-slavery • See a librarian to view Transnational Archive these. • USA Today (7/1/87-Current)
    7. 7. PRIMARY SOURCES ONLINE• Government Printing Office, FDSys:• Library of Congress, American Memory Project:• National Archives:• The Flickr Commons:• The National Archives Digital Vaults experience:• The Library of Congress Digital Collections:
    8. 8. PRIMARY SOURCES IN YOUR COMMUNITY• HistoryMiami (next to the Main Library, Downtown Miami)• Miami-Dade Public Library System: Main Library• The Cuban Heritage Collection at UM:• The African American Research Library and Cultural Center (Ft. Lauderdale): ges/AA.aspx• And many more!
    9. 9. NOT SURE WHERE TO START?• Visit the library for help finding the best source for primary documents.• Or contact us via phone or email: • Reference: 305-628-6668 • • Gricel Dominguez: • Isabel Ezquerra: • Jonathan Roach: • Larry Treadwell:
    10. 10. MORE ON PRIMARY SOURCESStay tuned for events onprimary sources during BobcatRead Week in April!The Bobcat Read Book forSpring is…Radioactive: A Tale of Loveand Fallout by LaurenRedniss, a graphic novelthat uses primary sources byMarie and Pierre Curie to Checkout a copy at thecreate a visual narrative. Circulation Desk.
    11. 11. IMAGE CREDITSAll images are available on the Flickr Commons•••••••