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Following is a SELECT list of databases that illustrate the breadth of primary resources available via library research databases. Find other primary source databases relevant for your research via:
Use the "Find by Category" pull-down menu and select Archives and Primary Sources. Primary source databases are also listed in relevant Subject categories.
Tips on databases and other resources relevant for research in specific subjects.
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AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS & NEWS SOURCES
Historical full text coverage of 16 major and African American newspapers - coverage dates vary widely. To search the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta Daily World and other ProQuest historical papers:
America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1922)
Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers (1800's)
Accessible Archives (1800's) - major African American newspapers and more
Ethnic NewsWatch (1960-present)
Lexis Nexis Academic Universe (1980's-present)
ProQuest Civil War Era (1840-1865)
Television News Archive at Vanderbilt University (1968-present)
17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers (1601-1800)
19th Century British Library Newspapers Digital Archive (19th century)
Historical Times of India (1838-2001)
Times Digital Archive (1785-1985)
American Periodical Series Online (1690-mid-1900's)
British Periodicals I (1691-1937)
HarpWeek (1857-1912) Digital version of Harper's Weekly
Opinion Archives (coverage dates vary) Digital versions of major U.S. public opinion magazines
Nation Digital Archive (1865-2002) Digital version of The Nation
Eighteenth Century Journals (1685-1815)
ORAL HISTORIES & OTHER PERSONAL NARRATIVES
North American Women's Letters & Diaries (Colonial era-1950)
North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries & Oral Histories (1840-present)
Oral History Online (1930-present)
U.S. GOVERNMENT SOURCES
American State Papers (1789-1838) - Federal legislative and executive documents
U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1975) - reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House
Proquest Congressional (1789-present) - hearings, reports, Congressional Record, bills, laws, Statutes at Large, legislative histories
Lexis Nexis Digital Hearings Collection (1824-2003)
BRITISH GOVERNMENT SOURCES
British Parliamentary Papers - Emory has online access to parliamentary papers for the 18th and 19th Centuries as well as state papers for the 16th, 17th and a small portion of the 18th century. In addition, we have Parliamentary Papers and many other British government publications - as well as indexes to them - in print or microformat.
State Papers Online (1509-1782)
British History Online
A variety of British primary sources including an extensive collection of the Calendars of State Papers.
Useful resources for British Parliamentary research:
BOOKS & OTHER PUBLISHED SOURCES:
Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans (1639-1800)
Early English Books Online (1400's-1600's)
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (18th century)
Thanks to a number of major digitization initiatives, MANY published sources (books, journals, etc.) are now freely available via digital web repositories. Most of these materials are in the public domain - i.e. not copyright-protected. For the U.S. this means titles published prior to 1922; copyright "cutoff" dates vary for other countries. Googling by title or author will likely retrieve materials in these digital repositories, but you can also search their contents individually. Notable examples:
There are a gazillion good websites containing digital primary sources, but evaluate carefully what you find (see box to the left). If you know of a library, archival repository or other institution that holds resources relevant for your research, check their website to see if they've digitized anything. There are also some good "all-purpose" sites, for example:
Use discoverE to find published primary sources in Emory's libraries, including:
Try adding one or more of the following search terms to your search:
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japanese internment and (sources or personal narratives)
TIP: You can also ask the library reference staff for help in refining your search strategy.
Woodruff Library has millions of pages of newspapers, government documents, manuscript and archival records, and other primary source collections in microformat. Microforms are a storage medium containing materials that are photographed at a greatly reduced size for ease of storage and preservation.
The most common types of microforms are microfilm, which resembles a pint-size movie reel; and microfiche, which looks like a large plastic index card. Woodruff's microform collections are listed in discoverE and are physically located on Woodruff Level 1. They can be viewed, printed and scanned using special equipment also located on Level 1.
It takes practice to search for and use microforms effectively - so ask for help!
Tip: In recent years, digitized microfilm collections have become increasingly available. Be sure to check to see if whether or not a collection has been digitized!