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Finding Primary Sources for History Research

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.

New Titles for Primary Research in History

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.

What is a Primary Source?

This short video defines the difference between a primary and secondary source of information in looking at the John F. Kennedy assassination. Primary and secondary sources are used to tell the story.

Getting Help

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

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

Additional help options are available here.

Your Subject Librarian

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Greg Armento
Best way to contact is e-mail - - Also available during online office hours, Monday 5-6 pm; Tuesday, 9-10 am.