History and Biography

Primary Sources

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A primary source is something written or created in the same time period of an event or person in history. Some examples include the Gettysburg Address, Anne Frank’s diary, a photo taken during the Depression, or a newspaper article reporting on the 1912 sinking of the Titanic.

You may need to find primary sources for a history report, or maybe you read about an event or person and want to learn more. UAPL can help you get started with two of our databases!

Annals of American History contains thousands of primary documents that range from 1493 to present. Discover speeches, memoirs, historical accounts and more.

For sources covering the rest of the world, try one of our World History Databases: Ancient & Medieval Eras or The Modern Era. The Documents and Media section of a topic will have primary sources that can include political documents, letters, videos, and more.

These are just two of the many, many ways of finding primary sources. For example, try some of our other online History Resources. The Reference Department of the Main Library can also help you search. Contact us by phone, text or email, or just stop by!

World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society

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In light of the 100th anniversary of World War I, there’s no better time to explore World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society, a comprehensive, informative and unique research database covering military conflicts that have defined the world’s identity.

Choose World War I under the Explore a War section in this database to discover overview information, detailed articles, primary source documents, images, maps and more.

Find out how it was possible that the assassination of one Archduke was a catalyst for the devastating war. Compare and contrast the countries that played major parts in the conflict. Read the entire text of the Treaty of Versailles, the document that formally brought the War to an end. Do all this and more with World at War.

Further your research as well with UAPL’s other eBooks and databases covering history.

American Decades Primary Sources, Vol. 11

The companion to American Decades 2000-2009, this title provides primary source documentation and first-hand accounts for the first decade of the 21st century in America. Includes cartoons, speeches, articles, legal decisions, and more.

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Encyclopedia of the American Constitution

Features comprehensive coverage of all aspects of constitutional law, including judicial decisions, congressional laws, executive orders and other public acts that have impacted the legal structure of the United States.

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