Adams State University
Nielsen Library

History Day

Useful resources for conducting research for your history day project.

Useful Websites

Google search strategies

There are so many places to look for primary sources online beyond the links above.

Try a Google search for your topic and one of the following types of primary sources:

  • archival resources
  • archives
  • atlases
  • bibliography
  • biography
  • broadsides
  • case studies
  • charts, diagrams
  • concordances
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • dictionaries
  • encyclopedias
  • handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • illustrations
  • indexes
  • manuscripts—catalogs
  • maps
  • newspapers
  • periodicals 
  • personal narratives
  • photograph collections
  • pictorial works
  • portraits
  • sermons
  • sources
  • speeches in Congress
  • speeches, addresses, etc.
  • statistics

Alternatively, just try a search for your topic with the phrase "primary sources".

Evaluating primary sources on the web

Is the primary source you're looking at online real? Is it legitimate? Take a moment to find out about the author or owner of the website you're looking at.

Clues about a website in the URL/domain name:

.edu = educational institution

.gov = US government site

.org = organization or association

.com = commercial site

.museum = museum

.net = personal or other site

Clues about a website based on the author/owner:

Who is the author/owner? Try the about link for the site to see who is putting the information on the internet and why. If the author/owner is a museum, archive, library, university or other educational organization or a governmental entity, this a is a good sign for the validity of the site.

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