Skip to main content
Michigan State University

WS201 Online, Summer 2017: Primary Sources Online

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources give you firsthand evidence on a topic.

Secondary sources, such as books and articles, analyze or interpret a topic.

Use this online tutorial, Using Primary Sources in Your Research.

Or watch Understanding Primary Sources, the 2nd video on this page.

Primary Source Databases: MSU Users Only

The library purchases access to many databases containing digitized primary sources. The ones listed here are specifically related to women, but many others could be useful depending on your topic.

For example, Black Thought and Culture has strong coverage of Mary McLeod Bethune, Ida B. Wells, Angela Davis, and many other prominent black women.


Primary Source Databases: Available to All

There are many collections of primary source material which are available to everyone on the web. Here are a few important ones:

Michigan State University