To cite a Primary Source, first choose the option that best describes where you found it:
Next, determine what kind of primary source you are citing:
Please note that primary source documents are a reflection of the time and culture in which they were created and may contain language or images that are considered offensive today.
Cold War Reference Library (Database: Gale eBooks) Choose volume 5, Primary Sources
Cuban Missile Crisis: The Essential Reference Guide (Database: Gale eBooks) Scroll to the bottom of the A-Z list to Primary Source and click on the arrow to open the list of documents.
Defining Documents in American History series (Database: Salem History)
Milestone Documents in American History: Exploring the Primary Sources that Shaped America (Database: Salem History)
Understanding U.S. Military Conflicts through Primary Sources (Database: ABC-Clio eBooks) The first click will bring you to the ABC-Clio ebook homepage. Click again to open the ebook itself.
Historical Newspaper Databases
NOTE: when searching for primary sources in news databases, ALWAYS limit your search to the date range relevant to your topic. Look at other limiters on the advanced search page that might improve your results, such as article, commentary, editorial, essay, feature, front page / cover story, letter to the editor.
History Databases containing Primary Sources
NOTE: If a link on one of these sites is dead, try searching the link name using Google or another search engine. If you need assistance, just email Mr. Padgett or Ms. Taylor and we'll get on it!
Cold War History A history and documents collection from the Cold War International History Project of the Wilson Center Digital Archive.
Cold War Primary Resources A directory of primary source collections from the Miller Center, University of Virginia. Note: several links do not work; correct, comparable, or related links are below:
Modern History Sourcebook: A Bipolar World A large collection of document links from the Internet History Sourcebooks project by Paul Halsall, Fordham University. If a link to a document is broken, try searching the link name on Google. Can't find it? Email Mr. Padgett or Ms. Taylor.