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Primary Sources: Home


This guide will assist you in understanding what exactly is a Primary Source. A Primary Source is different between the Sciences and the Humanities & Social Sciences. The pages on this guide will help you understand the nature of a "Primary Source" between these academic areas, as well as how to locate them.

Primary Sources in the Humanities & Social Sciences

  • What are Primary Sources? and Helpful Websites (main page)
  • Finding Primary Sources Relating to an Individual (sub page)
  • Finding Primary Sources Collected in Books (sub page)
  • Finding Primary Sources in Databases and Finding Newspaper Articles (sub page)
  • Finding Primary Sources in the Dickinson College Archives and Other Archives (sub page)

Primary and Secondary Sources in the Sciences

  • A Word About Document Types and Databases (main page)
  • Primary Scientific Sources (sub page)
  • Secondary Scientific Sources (sub page)

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