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African American Studies

Research Assistance

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Jennifer Osorio
Contact:
Charles E. Young Research Library
A1540
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
(310) 825-5526

What Are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are documents from the time period, people, and events of the time under consideration. Primary sources can be:

  • diaries or correspondence
  • photographs
  • illustrations
  • newspaper articles (from the time period)
  • manuscripts
  • pamphlets, broadsides, or other ephemera

Finding Primary Sources

Many primary sources can be found in Melvyl or Worldcat, but there are other avenues for seeking out these kinds of materials.