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*Primary Sources: A Guide

A guide to identifying and locating primary sources for conducting research in history.

The Written Word

What were people in the past reading?

Studying the media that people encountered in the past is a great way to consider what people were thinking and talking about in the past. Publications include a wide range of formats, including books, pamphlets, newspapers, and most recently, websites and social media.

When analyzing a publication, consider the following?

  • Who wrote this, and why?
  • Who was the intended audience?
  • Which social groups had access to this and were able to read it?
  • What details are left unsaid, perhaps taken for granted by the intended readership?
  • Whose perspective is missing from this publication?

Historical Books

Historical Newspapers: Top Picks

Additional databases that cover a single newspaper title:


Latin America & the Caribbean


For a more complete listing of newspapers available at FSU, visit the main Newspapers guide.

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