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This guide will help students find and cite primary source materials, with special attention to resources related to topics frequently covered in ENGL 102 courses.

Starting Points: Finding Primary Sources


This guide features links to digitized archival materials, help finding primary sources in books & videos, and lists of Teaching Collections in UT Special Collections.

Use the tabs above to find primary sources organized by topic

Below are a few good starting points, with digitized collections covering a wide range of topics:

For materials in UT Special Collections, use this guide to find digitized UT materials, or consider the Special Collections Teaching Collections. The Teaching Collections are specially designed to support 102 classes wishing to use physical items from Special Collections.  Teaching Collections topics cover: U.S. Civil War, World War II, Appalachia and the Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville and East Tennessee History, UT Student Life, and the Baker Center's Modern Political Archives.  Find out more about UT's Special Collections Teaching Collections at the bottom of their instruction page.

About the Guide

If you have questions or comments about this guide, contact Rachel Radom.

What is a Primary Source?


Featured Resource

Photograph from the Library of Congress

From the American Memory website, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Citing Sources

Citing Primary Sources in MLA: Specialized guide from the Library of Congress

Citation Guide: General guide from the UT Libraries

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