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Anti-Asian/Asian American Racism: A Resource Guide: Primary Sources

Primary Sources

Why use primary sources?

Primary sources give you a front-row seat to past events and unedited access to the people who shaped our history.  You gain new perspectives by examining the past through the eyes and ears of someone who was there.  

Primary sources may include, but are not limited to:

letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, maps, speeches, interviews, documents produced by government agencies, photographs, audio or video recordings, born-digital items (e.g. emails), research data, and objects or artifacts (such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons).

-- Primary Sources on the Web: Finding, Evaluating, Using. ALA Reference and User Services Association, 2015.


Primary sources can also be challenging to use. 

The formats of primary sources may be unique and unfamiliar. They require critical analysis due to their creators’ intents and biases; the variety of contexts in which they have been created, preserved, and made accessible; and the gaps, absences, and silences that may exist in the materials. 

Consider reaching out to a Skyline College librarian for help as you get started.

You're welcome to Ask a Librarian for guidance.

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Library of Congress Collection

Washington State University Libraries Digital Collections

Digital History

The Digital Library is designed specifically for history teachers and their students with works of authorship, government records, works for which copyright permission has expired, works reprinted with permission, or works that it believes are within the fair use protection of the copyright laws.

To cite the following pages please use the citation format below:

APA format:

Mintz, S., & McNeil, S. (2018). Title of the page. Digital History. Accessed date.

MLA format:

Mintz, Steven, and Sara McNell . “Title of the page.” Digital History, 2018, Accessed date.

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