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Key Databases

  • Academic Search Complete  
    A general database that indexes popular magazines and scholarly journals. Contains many full text articles. Coverage varies.
  • America: History and Life (EBSCO)  
    The definitive index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Indexes 1,700 journals from 1964 to present.
  • Historical Abstracts (EBSCO)
    Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, and much more.
  • JSTOR  
    Includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.

Also Try

  • ArticleFirst  
    Identifies articles from publications in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index  
    Contains citations for arts & humanities journals, spanning 1975-present.
  • Google Scholar  
    Enables you to search for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research, with links to some full-text items.
  • Humanities International Complete  
    Provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world.
  • IngentaConnect  
    Hosts scholarly books and journals in a broad range of subjects. Some full-text is available.
  • MasterFILE Premier  
    Contains nearly 1,950 general periodicals covering a broad range of disciplines including general reference, business, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues, etc.
  • Military & Government Collection  
    A collection of periodicals, academic journals, pamphlets, and other content related to military and government.
  • OmniFile Full Text Select (Wilson)  
    A multidisciplinary database providing full text with every entry from more than 1,600 publications.

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Request items from around the world through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Interlibrary Loan
    If there's a book not in I-Share, we'll find it. If there's an article that says "We don't have this online," we will get it for you. Just sign up for an Interlibrary Loan account (click First-Time User). Request articles through "Request a Photocopy".
  • WorldCat  
    Worldwide catalog of library resources. See if it's in I-Share, SIU, or locate items to request via ILL.

What is a Primary Source?

A primary source is firsthand testimony or direct evidence that is usually recorded or created during the time period of the topic under investigation.

This differs from a secondary source, which interprets or analyzes historical events, and can be recorded or created anywhere from days to centuries later.

 Primary Sources

 Secondary Sources

  • diaries, letters, and emails
  • speeches, testimonies, and interviews
  • minutes of meetings
  • some newspaper articles
  • news film or video
  • autobiographies
  • statistics and raw data sets
  • original scientific research
  • legislative hearings and bills
  • photographs and maps
  • poetry, drama, novels, music, and art
  • artifacts such as jewelry, tombstones, furniture, and clothing
  • textbooks
  • encyclopedias
  • literature reviews
  • many magazine articles
  • journal articles that are not primary reports of new research
  • literary criticism
  • reviews of books, plays, and movies
  • a book written in the 20th century about the causes of the French Revolution.

You may find primary sources in a number of different formats and locations:

  • Original materials housed in archives and repositories, including Morris Library's Special Collections Research Center.
  • Reprinted sources published in books or collections. You can search for these within I-Share.
  • Digital copies from library databases or online digital libraries.

Examples of Primary Sources

Here are a few examples of pre-1500 non-Western primary sources:

Cover Art
The Kojiki - Yasumaro O no; B. Chamberlain (Translator)
Call Number: 915.2 K79EC1932
ISBN: 1479326720

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Kautilya's Arthashastra - Kautilya; R. Shamasastry (Translator)
Call Number: 354.54 K21AES1961
ISBN: 1935785249


Examples of Secondary Sources

Here are examples of secondary sources:

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The March of Literature: From Confucius to Modern Times - Ford Madox Ford
Call Number: PN523 .F6 1947
ISBN: 1447461614
Publication Date: 1947

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The First Great Political Realist: Kautilya and his Arthashastra - Roger Boesche
Call Number: JA84.I4 B64 2002
ISBN: 0739104012
Publication Date: 2002

Primary Source Databases

  • ArchiveGrid  
    Three million records describing primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.
  • Archives Unbound  
    Topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that cover a broad range of topics from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
  • CARLI Digital Collections  
    Digital content created by member libraries of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) or purchased by the consortium for use by its members.

Digital Libraries

Look in digital libraries to get ideas of primary source authors and titles you can search for in I-Share:

  • Asia For Educators
    Columbia University's Weatherhead East Asian Institute has collected historical primary sources on China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and South-east Asia.
  • The Digital Library of Inscriptions and Calligraphies
    The Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Calligraphy Center provides digitized inscriptions, calligraphy, and writings of the world from the prehistoric age until now. Includes Ancient Egyptian, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Greek.
  • World Digital Library
    The WDL makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures.

Dissertations and Theses



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