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Use the following strategies to locate primary sources in a catalog (Miami’s catalog, OhioLINK, Worldcat and others) You can also consult Finding and Analyzing Primary Sources, from Jenny Presnell, Oxford campus libraries:

  1. Search by keyword in a boolean search. For example (obsteric* or midwi*) and then limit by date of publication.
  2. Search by “corporate author,” that is who (person, organization) would have written or produced the primary source. The “official body”. Examples might be the United Nations, United Auto Workers, American Temperance Society.
  3. Search either by subject or keyword (a very broad topic search) and then limit by
    • sources
    • documents
    • statistics
    • antiquities
    • correspondence
    • diaries
    • personal narratives
    • pictorial works

Newspaper Collections

Some of these resources will require log in with Miami ID and password when accessed off campus

Washington Post Historical
Full text, cover to cover from 1877 to 1990. Pages available as downloadable PDFs.

New York Times Historical
Full text from 1851 to three years ago. Searchable content.

Chicago Tribune Historical
Full text, cover to cover from 1849 to 1985. Pages available as downloadable PDFs.

Times Digital Archive
This full text database to the London Times provides access to European and world (through the eyes of the colonizers) cultures and events.


American Memory Project
Digitized photos from 49 different collections of the Library of Congress.

Oxford African American Studies Center
Includes an Images and Multimedia section as well as a Primary Sources section. Each is searchable separately.

Other Collections

FBIS (Foreign Broadcast Information Service) Daily Reports, 1941-1996 – Full text intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories. These are first-hand reports of events as they occurred.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project – Digitized primary sources and links to primary source collections. Organized by historical era. Use section VIII “The World Since 1945.”

Asia for Educators – Primary sources covering world history, culture, art and literature.

Metropolitan Museum of Art – The website of this New York City museum has digitized images of sculpture, artifacts, photographs and other items that can be considered primary sources.

Vintage Ad Browser – Over 123,000 advertisements from comic books, magazines and more.

Wilson Center Digital Archive – Declassified government documents. Includes diplomatic “cables,” high-level correspondence, meeting minutes and more. Great for research on the Cold War, North Korea, and nuclear proliferation.

Secondary Source Articles

These resources will require log in with Miami ID and password when accessed off campus.

Historical Abstracts

America: History and Life


Project Muse

Annotated Bibliography Info

Below are some links to resources that explain what an annotated bibliography is, outline how to create an annotated bibliography, and show examples of annotated bibliographies. Please note that they may or may not be in the same citation style as required for this course. Make sure you are using Chicago style for your annotated bibliography.

Q & A on Chicago Style

Q. How do I format my paper according to Chicago Style? What spacing and font should I use? What should my title page look like?
A. General Chicago Style Formatting Info

Q. How do I cite information in the body of my paper? What should a quote or paraphrase look like in my paper?
A. In-Text Citation Basics

Q. How do I cite a book, article, website, etc. on my References page?
A. Books | Articles | Websites and Other Electronic Resources

Q. Can I see a sample paper in Chicago Style?
A. Sample Paper

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