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HIST 120: Course Guide: Find Primary Sources

This guide is intended to help students in HIST 120 find resources for their research.

Newspaper Coverage

Primary sources are spread across a large number of databases and websites, often focused on specific places and time periods. Before searching, consider:

  • what time period and geography applies to your topic and choose a database or website that covers that time and place
  • what the names of the major newspapers were at that time
  • if there are any key dates to research so that you can scan through newspapers that don't handle keyword searching

To identify the major Canadian newspapers, see these articles from the Canadian Encyclopedia:

Primary Sources