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World History since 1500 (HY 104)

World History since 1500

What is a Primary Source?

Primary sources are original materials from the time period or subject that is being studied.  Please note that the same item may be a primary source in one investigation and a secondary source in another.  

Examples of items that are generally considered to be primary sources include:

  • Diaries, letters, speeches, interviews, manuscripts

  • Memoirs and autobiographies

  • Records of organizations and government agencies

  • Journal and newspaper articles written at the time

  • Photographs, audio recordings, video recordings

  • Public opinion polls conducted at the time

  • Research reports or articles reflecting the results of scientific experiments or studies

  • Works of art, architecture, literature, and music such as paintings, sculptures, musical scores, buildings, novels, poems, etc.

  • Artifacts such as plant specimens, fossils, furniture, tools, clothing, etc. of the time under study

African History

Asian History

Canadian History

Children History

European History

Latin American History

Maps History

Slavery History

World History

United States History

Video and Audio Collections

Women History



Medicine and Science


Middle East


Wars and Military history