Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

WAK HIS 101: History of the United States to 1865

Finding Primary Source Materials

At least one of your debate sources needs to be a primary source- a first-hand account of a historical event (by a participant or observer) including correspondence, diaries, speeches, memoirs, photographs, organization papers or archives, etc. The resources listed below contain primary source materials on topics covered in HIS 101.

What are primary sources?

This video created by the Minnesota Historical Society explains the difference between primary and secondary sources and how to spot them!

History Reference Center

History Reference Center includes primary and secondary sources.  

Library Primary Source Databases

Book sources

UW System libraries have thousands of primary source materials in book form. Use Search@UW to find these materials:

Example #1: 

in subject - contains - sources - AND
in subject - contains - history united states - AND
Material type - books
Search scope - UW System Books and Media

Example #2: 

in subject - contains - sources - AND
Any - contains - Henry Ford (or your general debate topic) - AND
Material type - books
Search scope - UW System Books and Media

 

Selected titles from UW-Waukesha Library (below):