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These databases provide online access to PRIMARY sources. These sources are firsthand accounts or evidence from a particular moment in time. (Example: A letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963, to his wife.)
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Secondary sources: Biographies, encyclopedias, Magazines, Newspapers, & Journal articles
These databases provide online access to SECONDARY sources, unless the article was published during the period of history which you are studying. These sources are secondhand interpretations of a particular moment in time. (Example: a newspaper article from August 28, 1963 reporting on that day's Martin Luther King Jr. Lincoln Memorial speech.)
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Make sure you analyze websites you find online to determine their credibility. One great way is to apply the CRAAP test (from the librarians at CSU Chico): Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose
Chronology of US Historical Documents (University of Oklahoma's College of Law)
Digital History (University of Houston)
Jonathon Edwards Center (Yale)
By googling a noteable figure's name plus the word "papers", you can find University archives that hold primary source documents on that person.
History Matters (George Mason University)
Daughter's of the American Revolution: Forgotten Patriots
A (very) large PDF download outlining the participation of African Americans and American Indians in the American Revolution.
Slavery and Abolition Portal (Yale)
Internet Modern History Sourcebook (Fordham University)
Try keyword searching (example: Great Awakening), or do a subject search for any of these subject headings:
OR do a subject browse in SNAPweb on "united states history" and start clicking. If you get lost or stuck, please ask a librarian for help.
Don't forget that we share our book collection with all the libraries in Napa and Solano counties. If it's not on our shelves, just ask!
(Look for this link on the library homepage)