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Helpful Tools for Research:

Click here to search the databases available through SMMHS. (See below for specific sites I recommend)

Click here to search the SMMHS library resources (we have nearly 200 primary sources in our stacks!)

Click here to access the WRITING HELP page, info on MLA, and even some helpful tutorials! 

From Ms. Kirchmyer

Tip: Remember, when you're using Google, type in your topic (use Boolean terms), and then "primary sources" (in the quotes).

Recommended sites

The National Archives hosts over two million digitized historical documents, photographs, and images; it is curated by the US govt. with primary sources of items such as geneological information, legislative archives, federal records, transcripts, presidential libraries, military records, and online exhibits.

The Library of Congress houses 35 primary source sets of collections that include documents, photographs, letters, sheet music, maps, interviews, memoirs, sound recordings, drawings, diaries, posters, newspapers, cartoons and more. Collections are varied.

American Rhetoric is an incredible speech bank with the most popular speeches in American history.  It is a great way to use primary sources because many times you get to see or hear the speech when it was originally given.  Most of the speeches also include written transcripts.  There are also links to other useful primary sources, including news sources, political party home pages, even pop culture.  It's definitely worth checking into!

Bartleby's is largely a collection of literature, so if you're studying an author, it's a great collection of their writings and the entire King James Bible (great resources for religious research).  

Yale University has a collection of primary sources which represent their medical library, music library, divinity library, a Babylonian collection, several art collections and more. It's definitely worth a peek. Their sources include the typical writings, journals, and speeches that you expect from a primary source collection, but they also have a healthy collection of realia: everything from playing cards to clay tablets. They also have some audio and video recordings including videos of Holocaust survivors.

Middle Teneessee State University's collection of  primary sources includes those related to a lot of American history and quite a bit for the state of Tennessee. They also have some sets on some "stray" topics like baseball, American Indians, the Middle Ages, and Greece & Rome. It's my understanding that this collection should continue to grow, so it may offer more as time progresses. They also host links to MANY other useful sites that might have a more varied collection of sources that they do. This is a great place to stop!



  • Mine for your sources by looking in the backs/bottom of other sources like                   wikipedia or encyclopedias.

  • Keep track of potential search terms on a scratch paper. These can come in handy if you switch directions or realize you need to add more!

  • Use Boolean searches to narrow or broaden your search (and, or, not).