Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Finding Primary Sources
- 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'.
- 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.
Websites with Primary Sources
Perseus Digital Library
Primary sources covering the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world.
Ancient History Sourcebook
English translations of a number of sources from ancient Mesopotamia to Rome.
Ancient Documents - Avalon Project
Avalon Project primary documents from 4,000 BCE-399CE
Theoi Classical Texts
A collection of translations of works of ancient Greek and Roman literature. The theme of the library is classical mythology and so the selection consists primarily of ancient poetry, drama and prose accounts of myth.
Internet Medieval Sourcebook - Fordham University
Contains full text documents from medieval writers, including many saints and religious figures.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Features a searchable database with many full text primary source documents. (Created by Calvin College.)
Epistolae: Medieval Women's Letters
Epistolæ is a collection of letters to and from women in the Middle Ages, from the 4th to the 13th century. The letters, written in Latin, are linked to the names of the women involved, with English translations and, where available, biographical sketches of the women and some description of the subject matter or the historic context of the letter.
Internet Women's Sourcebook - Fordham University
Features texts on great women, gender construction, and other topics.