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HIST 100

HIST100 Research Guide

This guide will help you locate 5 different primary sources for your HIST 100 research paper.

On this guide you will find:

  1. Definitions of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources
  2. Where to find primary sources
  3. How to get additional help

Definitions of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources

Primary sources are original documents or first hand accounts from a given historical period, as opposed to secondary sources, such as journal articles, which provide information about and analysis of events and primary sources.

Primary sources can take many forms, including: newspaper articles from the time period being studied, diaries, letters, photographs, autobiographies, posters, advertisements, original manuscripts, speeches, poems, oral histories, interviews, laws, transcripts, congressional hearings, pamphlets, and more.


From:  Loyola Marymount University library 

Primary Sources in the Digital Collection

Alleged speakeasy map

Primary source image from USC Digital Library Alleged "speakeasy map" of the National Capital, 1932 | from Los Angeles Examiner Collection, 1920-1961

Women's Suffrage 1915

Primary source image from USC Digital Library Three women holding a banner promoting women's suffrage in Oakland, ca.1915 from the California Historical Society Collection, 1860-1960