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Words to the Wise

"No source is perfect, but even a not-perfect source can be useful, as long as you're thoughtful about its use."   ----- Mrs. McKittrick

"Research (noun): the process of learning independently, guided by savvy choices and intelligent judgments."   ---- Mrs. Hruban

Guiding questions:

  • Is this a primary source?
  • Is this source credible?  (Who published it?)

Finding Text Primary Resources

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ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Global Issues in Context (Scroll to the bottom of the list of results to see "Primary Sources."


    Finding Multimedia Primary Sources

     Laika: Laika onboard Sputnik 2. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 3 Mar. 2014. 



    (videos and images)

    BritishPathe --- Historic newsreel footage from 1890-2011

    Movietone  --- British newsreel archives (Note:  no email log-in is needed)

    Universal Newsreels  --- Newsreels from Universal Studios

    Library of Congress Prints and Photographs   (To search all collections, use the general search box, at the top of the page.)

    Wikimedia Commons  (Images in the public domain or licensed to share)


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    (videos, images, and audio files)

    Encyclopedia Britannica Online

    Global Issues in Context (for people, legislation and historic events)

    Science in Context (for technology or inventions)

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