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ENGL190: Crit Thinking/Lit Writing, Dr. Roth-Reinhardt Fall 2020: Article & Newspaper Databases

A Library Resource Guide for ENGL190: Critical Thinking/Lit. Writing, Dr. Roth-Reinhardt, Fall 2020

Text & Context: Research Resources

undefined Use the resources below to find secondary and primary sources on your topics.

Broad-Spectrum Databases

Subject-Specific Databases

Historical Content:

Social & Legal Content:


What is a Primary Source

What is a Primary Resource?

Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence created by participants and/or observers of a historical event or time period enabling researchers to get as close to the truth of what actually happened. Often, these materials are created at the time when the events or conditions occured. However, primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs and oral histories that are written or recorded later. 

Primary sources are characterized by their content not their format.  Therefore, primary sources can be found in published books, on microfilm/microfiche, in digital form or in their original format.

The following types of materials are generally considered primary resources:

  • Diaries or journals
  • Letters or other manuscripts
  • Speeches and interviews
  • Photographs
  • Sound recordings
  • Video or motion picture recordings
  • Memoirs and autobiographies. 
  • Published materials from the time (books, magazine and/or newspaper articles)
  • Government documents
  • Objects and artifacts

Newspapers & More (primary sources)

Historical Newspapers and more

Current Newspapers

Literature Databases