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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 research paper,
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






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 tabbed menu on the left (see image below ) to choose among these options and get to a list of databases

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