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Recommended Databases for History

Read Books & eBooks

World History Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia of World History
The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History.
Aspects of Roman History 82BC-AD14 : A Source-based Approach
The Military-Industrial Complex and American Society
Title: African American History
Army and Society in Ptolemaic Egypt
How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll : An Alternative History of American Popular Music
American History, Race and the Struggle for Equality: An Unfinished Journey
With Amusement for All : A History of American Popular Culture Since 1830
A Brief History of Mexico

Read Books & eBooks about California & San Diego History

California Through Native Eyes
Chicano San Diego
Married to a Daughter of the Land: Spanish-Mexican women and interethnic marriage in California, 1820-1880 (eBook on EBSCOhost)
The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War
Remarkable Women of San Diego : Pioneers, Visionaries and Innovators
The Frontier of Leisure : Southern California and the Shaping of Modern America
Cannery Women, Cannery Lives: Mexican women, unionization, and the California food processing industry, 1930-1950 (eBook on EBSCOhost)
California Prehistory: Colonization, Culture, and Complexity (eBook via EBSCOhost)
1500 California Place names - Their Origins and Meaning
Sacred Sites: the secret history of southern California (eBook on EBSCOhost)
Becoming Mexipino : Multiethnic Identities and Communities in San Diego
Raza Sí, Migra No: Chicano Movement Struggles for Immigrant Rights in San Diego
Saints and Citizens : Indigenous Histories of Colonial Missions and Mexican California
Proud to Be an Okie : Cultural Politics, Country Music, and Migration to Southern California
The Golden State in the Civil War: Thomas Starr King, the Republican party, and the birth of modern California

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What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are documents, images, recordings, or any other physical objects created during the time period being researched.  They are essential to the study of history because they allow a researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during a historical event or time period. 

In the field of History, primary sources include (but are not limited to):

  • Books written during the period for your topic (e.g. during the 1780s)
  • Books written by key participants of an event
  • Published collections of correspondence and other personal writings
  • Memoirs and reprints of primary source material
  • Newspapers from the time (these provide a first rough draft of events)
  • Popular magazines from the time  (news, fashion, sports, etc.)
  • Official government publications from the time
  • Manuscript material such as unpublished letters, diaries and organizational and company records
  • Photographs, drawings, and other images from the time
  • Works of art and artifacts from the time
  • Maps from the time

Secondary sources are created by someone who did not personally experience first-hand or participate in the events or conditions being researched.  Instead secondary sources interpret and analyzes primary sources. 

Some common types of secondary sources in the field of History are:

  • Textbooks
  • Journal articles
  • Histories
  • Criticisms
  • Commentaries
  • Encyclopedias

Recommended Databases for Primary Sources