Skip to Main Content
Michigan State University

MC 498: Race and Ethnic Politics in America (Macías Mejía)

Spring 2023

What are primary sources?

Primary sources are materials which provide first-hand evidence of an event, a social movement, or daily life in a particular time and place. Common examples of primary sources are letters, diaries, photographs, and oral history interviews. Depending on your research context, primary sources might also include newspaper articles, data, laws, treaties, or other legal documents.

Search for Primary Sources


Below are a few suggestions for databases that might have primary sources helpful for your assignment.  They are listed alphabetically by title.

MSU Materials

Michigan State University