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Schmidt Library: Research Guides

What are you researching?

Start your research With Background Sources! Learn basic facts about your topic using encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other book sources.


Best Places to Start


Biographies

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 Historical documents are often our best sources for primary information.


Primary Sources Databases and Books


Historical Newspapers

Look for newspapers written during the time period you are writing about to find reactions and opinions from the same era.

Statistics help us to support our arguments with data. They allow us to see trends and make predictions.


General Statistics


United States

Population

Employment


International

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