Guide to Online Primary Sources: Home

Subject listings of primary sources available online: free web collections as well as UCSD subscription-based resources. Includes a custom Google search engine to keyword search across many of the listed sites.

Custom Google

Use this box to search the web for primary sources. Only collections marked with an asterisk (*) in this guide will be searched.

Introduction

Primary source research often strikes fear into students, who may not understand what primary sources are or how to find them. This guide concentrates on the "how to find them" part of the equation, linking to hundreds of free primary source collections on the web as well as collections to which UCSD subscribes.

The custom Google search engine (see box at left) will search collections in this guide identified by an asterisk (*). Please be aware, though, that you are encouraged to go directly to collections that may be of interest and browse the available resources.

Other primary source assistance at the UCSD Library includes: a short YouTube video that explains what primary sources are; the library catalog for finding primary documents in the library; search tips on the "Need More?" tab of this guide; and, you can always ask a librarian for help.

Key Sites

Guide Author

Kelly L. Smith
Contact:
UC San Diego Library
9500 Gilman Dr. 0175R
La Jolla, CA 92093-0175
858-534-6712
k5smith@ucsd.edu

Need help?

Use the Ask-A-Librarian reference service or visit/call the Research Assistance Desk (858-822-0450) from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.

Remote Access

Remote access to resources marked with a blue lock symbol is limited to UCSD students, faculty and staff.