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Primary Sources

Primary sources are firsthand accounts of history through original documents and objects created at the time.

Here is a sampling of places you may find primary sources for History:

1. Infotrac (from PPS homepage look under Reference tools) > Michigana (Michigan history)

2. ABC-CLIO Social studies databases (also found under Reference tools on PPS homepage)

3. SIRS (PPS> Reference) - you can search your topic then narrow results to primary sources or government documents OR you can go to Government Reporter> Historical Documents

4. Mel Databases (PPS> Reference)- can search by Government Document Number if you know it.

5. Google US Government search- www.google.com/unclesam (you need to evaluate the articles yourself to determine relevancy, accuracy and credability, authority, etc.)

6. Library of Congress- They have a special section for primary and secondary sources www.loc.gov/teachers/additionalresources/relatedresources/world/primary.html and they also have information for citing primary sources.

7. Sound recoprding of famous American speeches- http://www.americanrhetoric.com/top100speechesall.html

8. National Council for social Studies-  http://www.socialstudies.org/publications/twd

9. EduPlace- http://www.eduplace.com/ss/hmss/primary.html

10. Repository of Primary Sources: University of Idaho-  http://webpages.uidaho.edu/special-collections/Other.Repositories.html

11. History matters: george mason University  http://historymatters.gmu.edu/search.php

12. Digital History: univeristy of Houston   http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/

13. National Archives    http://www.archives.gov/research/