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Primary Sources

How to Find Digital/Online Primary Sources/Collections

The search tools you use for searching for primary sources whether they are tangible or digital are the same. You can use catalogs and/or discovery products (e.g. our ONESEARCH & WORLDCAT, a catalog of individual material titles & collections in the world), databases, and search the web. When looking for digital/online primary sources, some will be free & some only accessible if our library subscribes to the collection. 

Database Collections

The Library subscribes to some digital/online primary collections. See this research guide where they are arranged by type of primary source. Most are proprietary (you need to be a current student, faculty, or staff) to use the database. We require that you use your SACLINK name/password to access them.

In some cases, the databases are free. For example, Cornell University's Making of Americaa digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction that provides free access to 267 monographs & over 100,000 journal articles from the19th century.

Last Updated: Jul 24, 2024 2:57 PM