Primary source materials are works created at or near the time of the event. The picture to the left is an example of a primary source related to the New Madrid Earthquake of 1811. Several sites provide access to primary sources, including:
You can learn more about primary sources on the Internet from the Reference and User Services Division of the American Library Association:
Contact Special Collections & Archives in Kent Library on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University to see if there is information about your History Day topic. Special Collections and Archives contain research materials that document the historical and cultural experience of Southeast Missouri, the Mississippi River Valley region, and the history of Southeast Missouri State University. All materials are freely available and open to the public.
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Primary sources can be found by searching library catalogs:
Some common search terms for primary sources are:
Newspapers could be considered a primary source if they were published at the time the event occurred.
Below are searchable newspaper databases with full text. Some will also contain: