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History & Historiography: Primary Sources Online

An introduction to researching history and historiography at PSU.

Primary Sources in Library Databases

The Library has many many full-text databases of electronic primary sources. Here are some collections to explore.

The image at right is from John Wheeler's A Treatise of Commerce..., published in 1601, via the database Making of the Modern World.

Primary Sources on the Web

Many libraries, museums, and archives have digitized their historic documents and put them online in digital libraries. Here are some large collections (and links to other large collections) you may want to explore.

The image at right is an illuminated page in Javanese script from a chronicle of a Javanese court in Yogyakarta, via the World Digital Library.

illuminated page in Javanese script is from a chronicle of a Javanese court in Yogyakarta