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Finding Primary Sources @ Pitt: Primary Sources Online

Learn to distinguish between primary and secondary sources; learn strategies for finding primary sources.

Library Databases

Search the library's many subscription databases to find primary source materials on your topic, including:

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Access to full-text library resources from off-campus is easy! 

Search as you normally do, click on the link to full-text, log in with your Pitt email login and password, and you're good to go for your entire searching session! Access will work best if you stay in the same browser.

Free Online Collections

Archives, libraries, and museums continue to digitize and transcribe their collections of primary source materials and make them freely accessible online. Surrogates of original primary source materials may be considered equal substitutes for the originals; however, it is best to always evaluate a reproduction for credibility. See Lafayette College Library's guide on evaluating primary sources.

Among the many primary source collections now available online are: