Contained within this document are selected resources at the Monmouth University Library, useful for locating information on US History during the last quarter of the twentieth century. For additional resources, search the Library catalog or call the reference desk at 732.571.3438.
A primary source is a document or other historical evidence written or created during or near the period under study. Because of their close relation to the subject, primary sources usually offer special insight about their topic. The person, organization, or body under study often generates them. There are many examples of primary sources; each varies according to the nature of your topic. Primary sources generally are:
• Original Documents: Diaries, manuscripts, speeches, letters, minutes, interviews, news or film footage, autobiographies, and official records and documents. Note: Translations and excerpts are acceptable.
• Creative Works: Poetry, drama, novels, short stories, music, and art
• Relics or Artifacts: Jewelry, pottery, furniture, clothing, and buildings
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