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HIST 100: Primary Sources

Primary Sources

HIST100 Research Guide

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

This guide with help you with your HIST 100 Paper 2 research,
which requires you to find 7 different primary sources. 

On this guide you will find:

  1. Definitions of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources
  2. Where to find primary sources
  3. Where to ask for help


Powerpoint from 10/06/2017 Classes (includes links to the
Google Spreadsheets w/student search terms and articles found in class)




Primary source image from USC Digital Library     
"speakeasy map" of the National Capital, 1932 | 

from Los Angeles Examiner Collection, 1920-1961

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 

Where to Find Primary Sources: USC Libraries Subscription Databases

  • More primary source databases 
    by century, event/era, topic/subject, or region
    (use the drop down menu (see image below ) to choose among these options and get to a list of databases

Your Librarians

Your Librarians

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Chimene Tucker
Doheny Memorial Library
room 224