Primary Sources

A guide to assist you with defining and finding primary sources

The Tampa Tribune (December 7, 1897)

Newspapers are primary sources.

Take a close look at the Tampa Trib: there were major traffic accidents even back in 1897.

Find more Florida newspapers at the Florida Digital Newspaper Library (UF)

1978 Moroccan

Yearbooks are primary sources.

You can view all of the past volumes of the Moroccan, as well as the Minaret and other UT Journals online here.


19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women's Right to Vote

Manuscripts are primary sources.

Where can you find digital copies of documents like the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the letters of the Founding Fathers (and Mothers!)? Go to the National Archives site and explore.


Bois de M. Janco, Marcel Janco, 1918, Color woodcut on paper

Works of art are primary sources.

Browse the extensive art collection in ARTstor or another image database. 

The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley

Novels are primary sources.

Primary sources are not necessarily "old." Works of literature, in any edition, are primary sources. Use Spartan Search to see if the library has your favorite book.

FBI Files on Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and Santo Trafficante, Jr.

Criminal and law files are primary sources.

Studying Criminology? The library has access to the FBI Files of gangsters and criminals via Archives Unbound.

Charles "Lucky" Luciano, NY 62-8768, 1. February 21st, 1946. FBI Files on Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and Santo Trafficante, Jr.. James Forman Library, Department of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College, City University of New York. Archives Unbound.

The physical reality of light-quanta by Max Planck, Ph.D.

Original research are primary sources.
Primary research articles are accessed through the databases and in the library's print holdings. To access articles by Max Planck, the famous German theoretical physicist, try going to Science Direct and searching his name.
Journal of the Franklin Institute
Volume 204, Issue 1, July 1927, Pages 13–18

Stravinsky's Le Rossignol

Music scores are primary sources.

Explore Harvard University's Digital Scores and Libretti Collection.

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