Primary Sources - Databases

To locate primary source materials:

  • Limit your search by date range to find articles, interviews, and other items from the time period you are researching
  • Add keywords that describe primary source content -- interview, speech, account, transcript, etc.
  • Use an "Advanced Search" and look for limiters in a database, such as: "Primary Source Documents," "Photograph," or "Illustration"

 

GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE LIBRARY    
Includes primary source documents in these titles: American Decades Primary Sources , The Antebellum Era: Primary Documents on Events from 1820 to 1860 , & Immigration: A Documentary and Reference Guide . ... [more]
Close this window Online access to the content of reference volumes. Content includes multi-volume encyclopedias, biographical collections, business plan handbooks, company history compilations, consumer health references, and specialized reference sources. Browse titles by subject area or search using keyword.
EBSCO DATABASES
Access all EBSCO databases available to Bryant through one search screen, including Academic Search Premier, the Reader's Guide Retrospective, MasterFile Premier ... [more]
Close this window Do not limit your search to "Full Text" -- Use the Journals List to see if Bryant has access to the articles that you need, or order articles through Interlibrary Loan .
READERS GUIDE RETROSPECTIVE
An index of over 375 leading magazines from 1890 - 1982. Articles are NOT full text. ... [more]
Close this window A great place to look for primary sources! Do not limit your search to "Full Text" -- Use the Journals List to see if Bryant has access to the articles that you need, or order articles through Interlibrary Loan .
LEXISNEXIS Academic    
News from major U.S. and World publications, law reviews, federal, state, and international cases and codes, as well as business information ... [more]
Close this window LexisNexis includes News, Legal, and Business information. The News section covers: General News, Today's News, Business News, Legal News, Newswires & transcripts, Web Blogs, Ropers Center for Public Opinion Research, The Associated Press, Movies, Books, Music, Plays and Video reviews, Non-English Newspapers and wires, Non-English Language News, Magazine Stories, New York Times, Washington Post, Business Week, USA Today, University Wire, Major World News & Publications, Health Care News, and more.

The Legal Section covers: Law Reviews & News, Federal & State Cases, Shepard's Citations, Federal & State Codes, Tax Law, Canadian Court Cases & Legislation, European Union, Commonwealth, and Foreign Nations, and Patents information.

The Business section covers: Business and Financial News, U.S. and International Company Financial Information, Industry & Market, Accounting Literature, SEC Filings & Reports, Country Profiles/Analysis, and Company Dossiers (including user defined company comparison reports).
NEW YORK TIMES - Historical    
Search the full text of the New York Times from 1850-2007 ... [more]
Close this window This resource includes digital reproductions of all pages and articles from the New York Times from 1850-2005, including advertisements, photographs, graphics, etc. Every page from the newspaper is included, as well as the New York Times Book Review and the New York Times Magazine. Articles, pages etc. are in PDF format.

For full text articles of New York Times articles from 2002 to the present, use the Newspapers database.
Close this window The New York Times - Historical database formats citations in your choice of citation styles, including APA, Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date, Chicago/Turabian: Humanities, Harvard, MLA, and more. Select the "Cite" link, or select a citation style from the drop down list when you email or export a record.
NEWSPAPERS    
Articles from major national and regional U.S. newspapers ... [more]
Close this window Indexes, abstracts and full-text articles from major national and regional United States newspapers such as: Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Hartford Courant, Newsday, The New York Times, Providence Journal , The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post , and more.

Some articles may not be available in full-text in this database. Use the Journals List (Serials Solutions) to check to see if a journal is available in print or in another database, OR request articles using Interlibrary Loan .
Close this window The Newspapers database formats citations in your choice of citation styles, including APA, Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date, Chicago/Turabian: Humanities, Harvard, MLA, and more. Select the "Cite" link, or select a citation style from the drop down list when you email or export a record.
WALL STREET JOURNAL - East. Ed. (Historical)      
Search the full text of the Wall Street Journal from 1889-1993 ... [more]
Close this window This resource includes digital reproductions of all pages and articles from the Wall Street Journal from 1889-1991, including advertisements, graphics, etc. Access to full-text articles from 1984 - present is available via the Wall Street Journal Newspapers database, WSJ microfilm (1922 - 2006) or the current WSJ print edition (available at Reference Desk). The print index to the WSJ from 1957-1984 is available in Reference and Backfile Reference at REF.HG.W26.
Close this window The Wall Street Journal Historical database formats citations in your choice of citation styles, including APA, Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date, Chicago/Turabian: Humanities, Harvard, MLA, and more. Select the "Cite" link, or select a citation style from the drop down list when you email or export a record.
JSTOR    
A full-text, scholarly database that features the back issues of journals in the Arts & Sciences and Business ... [more]
Close this window JSTOR presents the complete runs of journals, as well as select monographs, transactions, and conference proceedings. Bryant subscribes to 5 multidisciplinary Arts and Sciences collections that include core journals in economics, history, political science, sociology, archaeology, classics, African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Slavic studies, languages and literature, music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, the history and study of art and architecture, and more. The Business Collection features core titles in economics and finance, including publications from leading scholarly societies and a range of critical research journals in accounting, labor relations, marketing, management, operations research, and risk assessment. The Biological Sciences Collection covers ecology, evolutionary biology, plant science, animal science, paleontology, and conservation. Full text is typically not available for the most recent 3 - 5 years.
WORLDCAT    
Search the collections of libraries in your community & around the world ... [more]
Close this window Search for print and electronic books, music CDs, DVDs... Worldcat is the world's foremost bibliographic database, with over 46 million bibliographic records representing 400 languages. WorldCat covers bibliographic information from before 1,000 BC to the present, and includes holdings information from libraries in 45 countries.
WORLDCAT Online
WORLDCAT
(FirstSearch Interface)
HERITAGEQUEST ONLINE    
This resource is provided by AskRI.org
U.S. genealogical and historical sources to research family and local histories ... [more]
Close this window An essential collection of genealogical and historical sources--with coverage dating back to the 1700s. The collection consists of six core data sets:

U.S. Federal Censuses feature the original images of every extant federal census in the United States, from 1790 through 1930, with name indexes for many decades.
Genealogy and local history books from over 26,000 family histories, local histories, and other books.
Periodical Source Index (PERSI) , published by the Allen County Public Library, is recognized as the most comprehensive index genealogy and local history periodicals. It contains more than 2 million records covering titles published around the world since 1800.
Revolutionary War records contains original images from pension and bounty land warrant application files help to identify more than 80,000 American Army, Navy, and Marine officers and enlisted men from the Revolutionary War era.
Freedman's Bank Records , with more than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the Civil War. LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set records the memorials, petitions, private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789, with a total of more than 480,000 pages of information.
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