Primary Source Links

How to Cite a Primary Source

UW GURU History Librarian Teresa Mudrock’s Resource Guides!!!

Fordham University Internet History Sourcebooks Projects: FABULOUS collection – start here! Primary Sources for Ancient, Medieval, and Modern History.  Look for links halfway down page.

Library of Congress! The Library of Congress is America’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

National Archives for Educators and Students
The National Archives hold the documents of our national history. This subsite makes them more accessible and understandable for educational purposes.

Authentic History
“…artifacts and sounds from American popular culture.” Organized by decades. Good primary sources.

British Library Learning Timelines

Eyewitness to History This British Library timeline allows you to explore collection items chronologically, from medieval times to the present day.It includes a diverse combination of texts: those that allow glimpses of everyday life (handbills, posters, letters, diaries), remnants of political events (charters, speeches, campaign leaflets), and the writings of some of our best known historical and literary figures.

The National Archives of the United Kingdom UK government’s archives includes a variety of primary documents. A fee is required to view some documents.


WGBH Public Television Archive
Many Primary source interviews, video, images – productions on all topics produced by the largest distributor of public television programs. Searchable, organized by topic.

See the front pages on hundreds of newspapers all over the world on any given day. You can limit by geography, popularity and other filters. The site has many other useful features aimed at educating the user. It is linked to a journalism  museum in D.C.

Street Law: Landmark Cases of the US Supreme Court

Exploring Constitutional Law
Created by a professor of law who has also written a book on this subject. Covers specific cases and broad principles in simple language.

American Library Association:  Major Collections of Primary Sources WOW!
Comprehensive links to finding primary sources and tips on how to evaluate them.

Teacher Oz
Quirky – search the Table of Contents for history sites – very complete for high school curriculum. Many primary sources.

On This Day In History.
Snapshot view of popular culture – prices, movies, songs, headlines – on any chosen date

National Archives Video
Digitized video clips from the national archives organized by topic, department of interior or newsreels. Not extensive, but very interesting and not likely to be found on Netflix.

Digital History
A quality research tool for high quality historical resources organized much like a digital textbook offering direct links to primary sources as well as various other multimedia links.

Timeline of Art History
“Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated especially by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.”

Canadian Primary Source Collection

U. S. Census Bureau International Database
Just as the title indicates, this databases has current population demographics for international countries.

“NationMaster is a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD”

History Matters Even though it has not been updated recently, this is still a treasure trove of resources, particularly primary sources, searchable, well described and organized.


Map Sites Maps of all sorts including outline maps to fill in.

Polyhedron Maps
If you ever wanted a 3D map of the world in a variety of forms, here is your site.

World Mapper
“…a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.”

Arizona Geographic Alliance
Good outline maps at this link – emphasis on the Southwest United States, but cover the world.

Maps of War The information here is so well presented that I recommend a look here. I cannot find yet whose work this is, so use with caution.

Symbols  What does that symbol mean? Searchable by description, which they teach you how to do. Can also search by word description – “what does a caduceus look like?”

AllPsych Online: The Virtual Psychology Classroom AllPsych Online is one of the largest and most comprehensive psychology websites on the Internet.  Inside the site you’ll find over over 920 individual, cross referenced, web pages and an estimated 3000 pages of printed material.  AllPsych is referenced by over 100 colleges and universities in ten countries.

Resources for History Teachers: Though these pages are for history teachers, they can be of use finding good information about a historical topic, period, or person. Influential Men in US History Influential Men in World History

Religion Facts!!  What an amazing site!  Mahoney Fernandez LOVES it!