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Primary sources are those sources of information closest to a person, event, or particular time period. They are original sources of information, which have not been edited or analyzed by later scholars. Some examples of primary sources include:
newspaper articles from the time period
and works of art (novels, poems, paintings, etc.)
Searching for a Specific Person
To find personal accounts in GLDYS, include keywords such as Autobiography, Diaries, Letters, Personal Correspondance, Memoirs, Personal Narratives, or Interviews in your search.
If you want to find works by a specific person, search for the person as a author by using the following steps:
Select the Advanced Search link below the search box for GLDYS.
Then select Author from the dropdown menu and search for the person using the Last Name, First Name format.
Internet Medieval SourcebookThe Internet Medieval Sourcebook, and other medieval components of the project, are located at the Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies. Links to primary documents in medieval history.
European History Primary SourcesAn index of scholarly websites that offer online access to digitised primary sources on the history of Europe. The websites listed on EHPS are not only meta-sources but also include invented archives and born digital sources.
Timelines: Sources from HistoryThis British Library interactive timeline allows you to explore collection items chronologically, from medieval times to the present day.
It includes a diverse combination of texts: those that allow glimpses of everyday life (handbills, posters, letters, diaries), remnants of political events (charters, speeches, campaign leaflets), and the writings of some of our best known historical and literary figures.
London Lives 1690 to 1800Features a wide range of primary sources about 18th century London, with a particular focus on plebeian Londoners. Contains a fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names.
East London Theatre ArchiveFrom the University of East London. A database of East London theatre ephemera from 1827 to the present day. Includes playbills and programmes to press cuttings and photographs. It also has themed essays to contextualise the material and maps showing theatre locations.
Digital Witchcraft CollectionAn online selection of 104 English language books from the Witchcraft Collection is available to search, browse by title, or browse by author. From the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University.
The Victorian WebLinks to over 61,408 documents on the age of Victoria. Areas of strength include: "literature, painting, architecture, sculpture, book illustration, history, religion, though the sections on history and technology include hundreds of documents."
Early English Books Online (EEBO)Contains the full text of about 100,000 out of 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700).
Debates in Parliament: 1803-2005"This site has been produced from digitised editions of Commons and Lords Hansard, the Official Report of debates in Parliament. This was part of a project led by the Commons and Lords libraries."
Plans to digitize over 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's newspaper archive over the next 10 years. Search for: news articles, family notices, letters, obituaries and advertisements.
Multimedia Primary Sources
Newreels, interviews, and archival footage can all be used as primary sources.