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HIST 345: Second World War - McGrath: Finding Primary Sources

Resources for McGrath's HIST 345 class.

Finding Primary Sources

Published:

  • Add 'sources' to your keyword search in OhioLINK. The subject term for many primary documents uses the word 'sources'. You can also try words like 'letters', 'correspondance, ' 'personal narratives', 'diaries', 'papers', 'journals' or 'oral history'.

Online:

  • Many museums, libraries, universities and other organizations are digitizing primary sources for scholarly use. Try a google search using 'primary sources' as one of your keywords, or other words such as letters, etc.
  • For best results, limit your search to sites hosted by educational institutions (.edu) or the government (.gov). Do this by using Google's advanced search, or just add 'site:.edu' or 'site:.gov' to your search.
  • Be careful with online sources - check their 'about us' page to see who they are. Look for citations of the original source.

World War II Primary Documents