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Modern European History

Scholarly guide to resources on the history of Europe from about 1500 CE to date

Browse Multiple Primary Source Databases

We have a vast collections of primary source databases from vendors Adam Matthew and Gale covering a wide range of topics relevant to Europe and the rest of the world. Browse through them using the link below. Contact me for help with the resources.

Find Printed & Online Primary Sources in the Library Catalog

Many primary-source documents have been reproduced in books commonly held in research libraries. You can use Library Search to retrieve this material.

  • Enter your search terms and then select the Books & Media box.
  • Try adding keywords such as CorrespondenceDiariesInterviewsPersonal Narratives, and Sources along with your research topic to identify printed primary sources.
  • You can also filter for these terms under "Genre" to the left of your search results.
  • When you find a title of interest, such as personal narratives from the first World War, select the hyper-linked subjects in the item record to find additional titles. For example, the heading: World War, 1914-1918--Personal Narratives.


Europeana is a rich collection of digital primary source content from the archives of Europe. Browse Europeana's exhibitions and collections to find selected sources on a wide range of topics and themes.


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EuroDocs is an online directory of primary documents in Western European history compiled by Richard Hacken, librarian at Brigham Young University.

Highly recommended.

German History in Documents and Images

French Revolution

Researching France or the effect of the French Revolution on other parts of the world? Check out the French Revolution Digital Archive, an open-access collaboration between Stanford University Libraries and Bibliothèque nationale de France.