What constitutes a primary source varies by field. This guide will point you to some commonly used primary source databases, but primary sources take many forms! For more subject-specific examples, consult a research guide in your discipline.
|Discipline||Primary Source Examples|
|History||Artifact, Diary, Government Report, Interview, Letter, Map, News Report, Oral History, Organizational Records, Photograph, Speech|
|Art||Painting, Photograph, Print, Sculpture, Film or other Work of Art, Sketch Book, Architectural Model or Drawing|
|Literature||Interview, Letter, Manuscript, Personal Account by Writer, Poem, Work of Fiction or Drama, Contemporary Review|
|Anthropology||Artifact, Field Notes, Fossil, Photograph|
|Sociology||Cultural Artifact, Interview, Oral History, Organizational Records, Statistical Data, Survey|
|Psychology||Case Study, Clinical Case Report, Experimental Replication, Follow-up Study, Longitudinal Study, Treatment Outcome Study|
|Natural Sciences||Research or Lab Notes, Genetic Evidence, Plant Specimens, Technical Reports, and other Reports of Original Research or Discoveries (e.g., Conference Papers and Proceedings, Dissertations, Scholarly Articles).|
Below are a curated list of newspaper databases. For a more comprehensive list, see the Woodruff Library Newspapers Guide.