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Political Science & Government

What is a primary source?

What is a primary source?

A primary source (also called an original source) is an eyewitness account, diary, article, or any other source of information that was created at the time. For example, if you are studying the American Revolution, an article from a newspaper written during the 1770s would be a primary source on the topic, as would a diary entry from a soldier at one of the battles. Historical documents are often our best sources for primary information.

Databases

Search here for primary newspapers, articles, and government documents.

 

Ebooks

Government, Politics, and Protest : Essential Primary Sources

A collection of primary source documents that focus on leading political issues of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. International in scope, each title is devoted to one topic.

Human and Civil Rights : Essential Primary Sources

Focuses on leading civil and human rights issues of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. International in scope.

Immigration and Multiculturalism: Essential Primary Sources

Contains primary source documents that focus on leading immigration & multicultural issues of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. International in scope.

Terrorism : Essential Primary Sources

Primary source documents focusing on leading terrorism issues of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. International in scope.

State Constitutions of the United States, 2nd ed.

Collects, explains, and offers comparison of each of the fifty state constitutions. Its in-depth explorations reveal individual state priorities, the significance of state constitutions and their impact on issues that affect the day-to-day lives of citizens.

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