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AP European History: Early Modern Europe, 1650—1800: Primary Sources

Primary Sources

 

Sources created by those who lived it

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, reports, newspapers, household and day-to-day objects, clothing, works of art, architecture, and photographs.

NOTE: 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.

 

See also the IMAGES page for places to find images of visual art and artifacts.

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.

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Find Primary Sources in Databases

When searching for primary sources in newspaper / periodical databases:
  • Always limit your search to the date range relevant to your topic.

  • Search terms, phrases, etc. that were commonly used at the time in relation 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, etc.

 

Find Primary Sources on the Internet