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Primary Source Timeline
See our Primary Source Timeline to browse a selection of primary source databases organized by coverage dates and locations.
Other Primary Resources
For other types of primary sources such as diaries, interviews, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, and so on, you can search the Library Catalog below and/or WorldCat.
Type in the keyword search term plus the type of primary source ("diary" etc).
Another way is to read the bibliographies of articles and books that you already have found. You may find out what primary sources that the other scholars are using. Once you identify the sources, it should be easy to get hold of them, either by checking our library collection or requesting them via interlibrary loan.
For more information, see our guide on locating primary sources.
Find Primary Sources to Support Your Argument
You can support your argument by quoting from secondary sources (studies done by other scholars). But you have to use primary sources to make an original claim or argument.
Fully searchable, articles and images from the American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger; American Israelite; Atlanta Constitution; Atlanta Daily World; Baltimore Afro-American; Boston Globe; Chicago Defender; Chicago Tribune; Guardian & Observer; Jewish Advocate; Jewish Exponent; Los Angeles Times; New York Amsterdam News; New York Times; Philadelphia Inquirer; Philadelphia Tribune; Pittsburgh Courier; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Wall Street Journal; Washington Post. Coverage varies by paper but goes back as far as 1849. Coverage: 1849-2005, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Nexis Uni provides access to hundreds of newspapers from around the world, plus a wealth of legal, business, medical, and reference information. Content types include news; cases; statutes & legislation; law reviews & journals; administrative codes & regulations; company and financial data (SEC Filings, company profiles, etc.); and government, legal, and business directories. Coverage: Varies but generally 1980s to current, contains primary sources. Mostly Full-Text.
A massive (and growing) collection of quality images covering the visual arts, architecture, archaeology, fashion, geography, the performing arts, science, and technology. Collections feature visual media from leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists, which have been licensed for educational use. ***It is necessary to turn off your browser's pop-up blocker for ARTstor to work properly.*** Recommended instructions for using ARTstor are available on Youtube
and the ARTstor website
. Coverage: all eras, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Middle East Online: Arab-Israeli Relations 1917-1970 (Archives Unbound)
Offers original source material from the British Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers from the 1917 Balfour Declaration through to the Black September war of 1970-1. Gift of the Walter E. Beach Library Fund. Coverage: contains primary sources. Full text.
Middle East Online: Iraq, 1914-1974 (Archives Unbound)
Offers original source material from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers from the Anglo-Indian landing in Basra in 1914 through the British Mandate in Iraq of 1920-32 to the rise of Saddam Hussein in 1974. Major policy statements are set out in their fullest context, the minor documents and marginalia revealing the workings of the mandate administration, diplomacy, treaties, oil and arms dealing. Gift of the Walter E. Beach Library Fund. Coverage: contains primary sources. Full text.
Records of the Persian Gulf War (Archives Unbound)
Contains materials related to the diplomatic and military response by the United States (as part of a multi-national force) to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990. Gift of the Walter E. Beach Library Fund. Coverage: contains primary sources.
World News Connection Archive
Archive of foreign-language new articles translated into English. Search full text, limit results or browse by region, country and date. Coverage Range: 1995-2013, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Arabic Collections Online
Provides free digital access to public domain Arabic language content, which has been drawn from the Arabic collections of prominent research libraries. Subject areas include literature, business, science, law, religion, philosophy, and more. Coverage: Varies. Contains primary sources. Full text.
CQ Press Electronic Library
Includes The Contemporary Middle East, a documentary history. Covers key events that have shaped the region since World War I. Searches across all of the CQ Press electronic resources. Coverage: 1915-present, contains primary sources. Full-Text.