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Any of the following resources can help you identify potential visual primary sources:
A digital library of images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences, with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images.
Online Digital Collections
These digital collections provide a very wide selection of primary source materials.
Internet Modern History Sourcebook
Includes primary sources related to the Enlightenment, nationalism, 1848 revolution, etc.
Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics
Digitized copies of books, serials, pamphlets and other texts on historical epidemics from Harvard University Library, the social impact of diseases and epidemics, public health policy and the history of medicine. Including the cholera epidemic of the 19th century, the great plague of London, and the Spanish influenza of 1918-1919.
History Study Center
The History Study Center provides a collection of digitized primary and secondary sources for the study of history. Contents include reference books, essays, journal articles, historical newspaper and magazine articles, maps, rare books, government documents, transcripts of historical speeches, images and video clips. After running your search, limit your results to "primary sources."
Library of Congress Subject Headings for Primary Sources
Library of Congress Subject Headings are quite useful for discovering primary sources. The following subheadings usually are added to indicate that the material is a primary source: sources, personal narratives, correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, or notebooks. Once you've discovered the subject heading for secondary sources, try adding one of the primary source subheadings to see what you find. Here's an example:
Secondary source subject heading: France -- History-- Revolution, 1789-1799
Primary source subject heading: France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- personal narratives
When you know the author of the texts you are seeking, simply do an author search in Primo. Once you've run the search, you can use the facets on the left hand side to select English.
Maximilien Robespierre, 1758-1794
Aleksandr Herzen, 1812-1870.
Search Primo for Primary Sources
Thousands of books published before 1922 (and hence out of copyright) have been digitized and made available to you through Google Books!
Newspapers & Journals
London Times Digital Archive
Since its first publication in 1785, The Times (London) has become one of the most preeminent, global daily (except Sundays) newspapers of the 18th century through the early 21st century, covering international events, people, places, politics, business news, opinion and debate, entertainment, and advertising.