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What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence about a topic. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being studied.

Primary sources were either created during the time period being studied or were created at a later date by a participant in the events being studied as in the case of autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later.

Specific examples of primary sources are the Autobiography of Anne Frank, the Declaration of Independence, and film footage of the Kennedy Assassination.

Free Online Primary Sources on the Web

Check out these sights for full-text, primary source content.

  • British Library "Turning the Pages"
    Enables you to leaf through great books and magnify the details.
  • Victorian Women Writer's Project
    The Victorian Women Writers Project (VWWP) began in 1995 at Indiana University and is primarily concerned with the exposure of lesser-known British women writers of the 19th century. The collection represents an array of genres - poetry, novels, children's books, political pamphlets, religious tracts, histories, and more. VWWP contains scores of authors, both prolific and rare.
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
    The Web's first edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare.
  • Project Gutenberg
    From Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free ebooks.
  • Perseus Digital Library
    Their flagship collection, under development since 1987, covers the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world
  • Internet Library of Early Journals
    A digital library of 18th and 19th Century journals
  • Luminarium
    Anthology of British Literature

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