American Civil Rights: PRIMARY SOURCES

• A primary source is FIRST-HAND material, such as a memoir, letter, diary, eyewitness report in the media, direct interview with involved individual, court record, photograph, video of an event, etc.  Everything else is considered a secondary source.

• A COPY of an original primary source document is still considered a primary source; no need to have the original in front of you.

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        1. Click on the GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library),              above.     

        2. Scroll down to the HISTORY category and click on                  "American Decades PRIMARY SOURCES."

        3. In right-hand box, type the topic or keyword of your                 search - LEAVING "All Volumes" checked -                                  then search.   

        4. No results? Try broadening or narrowing your topic.               Try different keywords.

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         1. Click on Research in Context, above.

         2. Do a basic search.

         3. Look in right-hand column under the word,                 
            "Everything," for listings of Primary Sources.
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        1. Once in MARVEL, go to TEEN RESOURCES                              (left column)

        2. Click on EXPLORA FOR HIGH SCHOOL

        3. Do a search, then check LEFT COLUMN to drill                      down to JUST PRIMARY SOURCES. (If "Primary                     Source Documents" is not listed, it means that there                     are no primary sources available for your topic, at                         least as you entered it in the search.  Try to broaden                     or narrow your search, or try different keywords.)




BOOKS in the HMS LIBRARY

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        REFERENCE BOOKS, on carts:

         We have a large collection of Civil Rights books                          (pulled and on carts in the HMS Library), but here                      are two reference sets that specifically help with                         PRIMARY SOURCES (also located on the carts):

        AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS: Primary Sources                              (R 305.8 Ame)

        SUPREME COURT DRAMA: Cases That Changed                       America (R 347.73 Bra)

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        1. Search the HMS Online Catalog by entering your                        topic/keyword + "primary sources"
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