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Love, Power, and Authority in the Enlightenment's Revolutions - Oakland Campus: Primary Sources

This course guide is designed for students enrolled in ENGLIT 1150 and focuses specifically on literary and cultural resources relating to concepts of love, duty, power, and authority in the late 17th and the 18th century.

Primary Sources online

Identifying and accessing primary sources online has never been easier. 

What are Primary Sources?

In the humanities, an original account of an event or time period or an original work of art or literature are considered primary sources.  So are firsthand accounts written close to the time of the event. Interviews of participants or witnesses to the event are also primary sources.  Additional examples include:

  • diaries
  • journal entries
  • correspondence/letters
  • photos
  • maps
  • factual newspaper or magazine articles produced close tot he time of the event
  • speeches (transcribed or recorded)
  • government records such as marriage or census or military

 Not sure whether something is a primary or secondary source?  Check with your instructor or Ask a Librarian.

A Chapbook Image from the Nesbitt Collection

For more information on access to this and other items,

please see the Elizabeth Nesbitt Collection @ PITT Course Guide