Answered By: Brandon Kamin
Last Updated: Apr 28, 2020     Views: 65

Primary sources are documents that detail a firsthand account of a historical event, place, or figure, and we have many great places to locate them. A great place to start a search for primary sources is AM Explorer, which covers a large variety of different regions, time periods, and topics. The easiest way to access AM Explorer is by following these steps:

  1. Start out at our main page.
  2. Hover over the Collections tab at the top and click the option for Databases.
  3. On the left side of the page, locate the Browse by Letter sections and click the letter A.
  4. You will see AM Explorer on the list. Select the link to enter the database and start searching for primary sources related to your topic.

Locating primary sources can be tricky so the library has developed a guide on identifying, evaluating, and using primary sources. This guide includes several lists of primary source databases organized by subject for your use here.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to us at (434) 592-3362 or at

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