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This research 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


This guide features links to digitized archival materials and will help you find primary sources in books and videos.

Use the BLUE CATEGORIES next to this box to find primary sources by topic

Here are a few good starting points, with digitized collections on 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.

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

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

About the Guide

If you have questions or comments about this guide, contact Charissa Powell