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History Databases

New! Adam Matthew (AM) digital primary source collections

Atkins Library now offers access to more than 50 digital primary source collections. Coverage spans every continent and centuries of history. Materials include newspapers, letters, diaries, government and legal documents, photos, and maps, and supplementary content such as chronologies and essays. Learn more about our subscription or browse the collections.

How-To Video: Searching Historical Newspapers

Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary means written at or near the time of the event being studied.

Secondary means written many years later, probably by a scholar researching the event.

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Primary Sources at Atkins Library

Finding Primary Source Collections

You can find some primary sources in books.  Below is a list of relevant subject headings.  When searching for these in the catalog, try adding "sources", "documents", "correspondence", "letters", or "writings" to your search.