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How to Find Primary Sources in History: Library Databases & Resources

Historic Newspapers

Quick Links

  • ARTstor Digital Library - Database of images. Collections encompass art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, and more.
  • JSTOR - Good for historical resources and primary sources, especially world history. Be sure to limit by year, language and format. For more info, view this tutorial 
  • Fordham Scholarship Online - History Collection - Offers an impressive list of military history titles with a focus on Civil War, Reconstruction, World War II, and cultural history.  
  • Manuscript Women's Letters and Diaries - Provides access to thousands of pages of the personal writings of women of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, displayed as high-quality images of the original manuscripts. 

Primary Sources on the Web