What's the difference between primary and secondary sources?
For more on this, see this 4-minute video, Understanding Primary Sources. (It's the second video on the list. You can skip the first video by just clicking on the title Understanding Primary Sources below the video window.)
SearchPlus does not have a good way to limit your results only to primary sources. However, the library's database list does identify online collections we have purchased access to which are composed of the most common types of primary sources: diaries, letters, legal documents, photographs, first-hand accounts, etc.
Go to the Electronic Resources section of the library website: er.lib.msu.edu. (This section identifies all the individual databases we subscribe to - all types including primary sources. Most, but not all, are being searched collectively when you use SearchPlus.)
On the left, click on the Primary Sources tab. On the right is a short list of the most frequently used online collections of primary sources. Or go to the entire giant list at the bottom.
Cornell University has an outstanding Hip Hop collection. Two sections are online:
The NOLA Hip Hop and Bounce Archive is at the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University. They have video interviews with leading hip hop and bounce artists.
The Hip Hop Archive at Harvard is mostly not online, but they do provide a great bibliography of books and articles on hip hop.
University of Houston Libraries, Houston Hip Hop Archive. Open the menu under Digital Library Collections.
Selected primary source databases related to your topic are listed below. Use the instructions at left to connect to a specific database.
African American Community (Black urban life)
African American Newspapers 1827-1998
African American Periodicals, 1825-1995
African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A.P. Murray Collection, 1818-1907.
Black Drama: 1850 to the Present
Black Thought and Culture (sourced from multiple libraries)
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Slavery, Abolition, and Social Justice: 1490-2007 (sourced from multiple libraries)
The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives
Twentieth Century African American Poetry
Archives Unbound Collections. Subcollections include:
ProQuest History Vault. Subcollections include: