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HST 495: Thinking Stevens: The History of a Family, a School, and a City

Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary Sources are materials that are examined for interpretation. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event.

Primary Sources can be:

  • Photographs
  • Original Documents
  • Interviews
  • Witness Accounts
  • Data/Statistics
  • Original Works of Literature or Art

Secondary Sources can be:

  • Scholarly articles interpreting work
  • Opinion Piece or article in Newspaper

More information about Primary and Secondary Sources

Searching for books

To find books and ebooks in the library collection, use the Library Catalog.

To find books located in other libraries, use the WorldCat database.  If you identify a book in another library's collection that will be useful for your research, you can use Interlibrary Loan to borrow the book from another library.

To request a copy of a journal, magazine, or newspaper article, please use the appropriate Document Request Form located on the Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery page of the library web site.  Depending on the total cost of the document, you may be required to pay a greater Document Delivery processing fee than the usual $1.00 fee.