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Primary source databases

Primary sources allow researchers to get as close as possible to original ideas, events, and empirical research as possible. Such sources include creative works, first hand accounts of events, and the publication of empirical observations or research.

At one time, finding good primary sources meant traveling to libraries and archives to view original documents. Now an increasing amount of this material has been scanned or digitized and is available online, either in open repositories or through subscription databases. Google is a great tool for finding open repositories, along with OAIster from WorldCat.

See also our list of historical newspapers.

Discovery Search indexes many sources of primary documents; the lists of databases below offer additional sources.