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AP Comparative Government: The British and Mexican Revolutions: Primary Sources


Any document, image, or artifact created at the time of the topic being researched is a primary source. Examples include eyewitness accounts, autobiographies and memoirs, diaries, letters, speeches, newspapers, works of art, and photographs.

Primary Sources in Databases

Primary Sources on the Internet

The BCW Project: Links (British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate 1638-1660 resources including primary sources)

British Political, Religious, and Legal Tracts, 1640-1690 (University of Missouri British Pamphlet Collection, sorted by year)

Constitutional States (from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook, a large collection of documents from Prof. Paul Halsall, Fordham University)

Documents Illustrating Jacobite History (from the website The Jacobite Heritage compiled by librarian Noel S. McFerran)

The English Civil Wars: whose side are you on? (The National Archives)

EuroDocs: History of the United Kingdom: Primary Documents (Harold E. Lee Library, Brigham Young University)

The Mexican Revolution (a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection of the Library of Congress)

Mexican Revolution, ca 1910-1917 (Postcards of locations and events related to US military involvement in the Mexican Revolution; from Beinecke Library, Yale University)

Primary Sources on Latin American Revolutions (from North Carolina State University)

Google the phrase Documents OR "primary sources" with your topic search term(s).

Primary Sources in Books and eBooks

Print books may be signed out for USE IN THE LIBRARY ONLY for the duration of the assignment:



  • Competing voices from the Mexican revolution / ed. by Chris Frazer. F 1234 .C734 2010
  • High lights of the Mexican Revolution / Joh Lewin McLeish (on the website
  • The Mexican revolution : a brief history with documents / Mark Wasserman. F1234 .W373 2012

Find Primary Sources in RhinoCat

RhinoCat is the Library's automated catalog of books, ebooks, DVDs, and other library materials. Many books and reference sources, print and electronic, contain primary sources.

To find documents relating to your topic

  • Copy and paste the following exact word string into the basic keyword search box:
    • su,wrdl: sources or su,wrdl: diaries or su,wrdl: personal narratives and kw,wrdl: xxxxx
      • Substitute your topic or topic phrase for xxxxx

To find writings, speeches, and more by an individual relevant to your topic

  • Do an Author search using your person's name to find books, letters, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies written by that person.
  • Do a Keyword search of your person's name to identify writings, interviews, speeches in anthologies and collections.

Additional terms useful for locating primary sources are: correspondence, interviews, speeches, and statistics.‚Äč

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