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Finding Primary Sources for History Research: Home

How to find books, documents, magazine articles, newspaper articles and other first hand or eyewitness accounts.


This guide is designed to provide a introduction for identifying and locating primary research in history, using a variety of research tools, either those which CSULB provides, or that are freely available on the Internet.

What Is A Primary Source, Video

Using the example of President Kennedy's Assassination, this video produced by Geisel Productions Web Services at UCSD provides and excellent summary of primary sources for history research.

Getting Help

See the links at the far right of this LibGuide to this subject librarian.

However, many of your questions can be answered by librarians at the Research & Informaiton Desk, which is open most hours the library is.

Assistance is also provided by 24/7 Real Time Reference, live internet chat help.

You can also schedule a consulation with a subject librarian.