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HIST 2106/2906: Trials in American History

Library resources that support Prof. Ralph Young's course, Trials in American History


Use this guide to find credible sources for your second, third, and fourth research assignments. From your syllabus:

  • Assignment #2: "... a film review: Write a 1-2 page evaluation of a film that deals with a historical trial."
  • Assignment #3: "... each student will engage in an in-depth scholarly research project on a trial."
  • Assignment #4: "Groups of two or three students each will do research into a trial and lead a presentation/debate."

Primary & Secondary Sources Tutorial

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are the evidence of history, original records or objects created by participants or observers at the time historical events occurred or even well after events, as in memoirs and oral histories.

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). These sources serve as the raw materials historians use to interpret and analyze the past.

*RUSA: Primary Sources on the Web