Credits: Balck Panther Party publication fromThe Freedom Archive; Woodstock Album Cover 1970; Book Cover; Summer of Love photograph (Flicker)
Using OSCAR to find Primary Sources:
You can use the library online catalog, OSCAR, to find published primary sources or books including primary documents If you are interesting in the writings of a specific individual, just do an author search. If you are looking for primary sources on a specific topic, just enter your keywords and add one of the following words, depending on what you are looking for: correspondence, papers, speeches, memoirs, personal narratives, documents, sources.
For example: Ronald Reagan and Documents
September 11 and sources
Here are some collection of primary sources you can find in OSCAR:
Databases and Collections of Primary Sources
Provides access to more than 7,500 articles focusing on African American history and culture. The articles come from major reference sources and are written by leading scholars in the field. Also includes primary sources, images, and maps. After you do a search, click on the "Primary Sources" tab.
Black Studies Center
A fully cross searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, images, and videos.
Newspapers and Magazines
Articles from the time period of the events you are researching are also primary sources. If you are researching a topic related to the British Empire, you may wnat to look at the following newspaper archives:
Provides access to the complete archives of 17 leading journals of opinion, including Dissent, Commentary, Harper's, National Review, The New Yorker, and The New Republic.
Readers' Guide Full-Text : This database provides indexing and abstracting of over 300 popular magazines from 1983 to date, with full text from over 150 publications back to 1994.
Readers' Guide Retrospective, 1890-1982 : Indexes more than 3 million articles from about 370 general interest, popular, news, and even a few scholarly, English language magazines and journals published between 1890 and 1982
Los Angeles times Archives: Full text of the Los Angeles Times newspaper from 1881 to 1987.
San Francisco Chronicle Archives: Full text of the San Francisco Chronicle from 1869 to 1984
Primary Sources on the Web
Many primary sources have been digitized and made available on the web. The easiest way to locate them is to do a Google search and add the words: archives or "primary sources"
Example: September 11 and archives
September 11 and primary sources
Of course you need to be careful with eveything you find on the web. Check carefully who is responsible for the site and where the information is coming from. In addition you need make sure the site provides the source for the primary document.
The following sites are examples of what you can find on the web.
Digital History Reader: US History (Provides materials covering important themes and issues from the colonial era to the present. Click on the "evidence" link within each module to view primary source material)