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ART 202: Prof. Guest's Patronage Project: Find Articles/Databases

What are Primary Sources?

A primary source is a document or other sort of evidence written or created during the time under study, or by one of the persons or organizations directly involved in the event. Primary sources offer an inside view of a particular event.

Some types are: original documents (letters, autobiographies, etc.), creative works (art, poetry, etc.), Artifacts (pottery, tools, etc.)

Databases such as ARTstor, History in Context & The Historical New York Times contain primary sources.

Want to learn more about primary vs. secondary sources? Check out this tutorial.


Finding Articles in a Database

A database is a collection of articles, book chapters and other information from reliable sources.The following databases may be especially helpful with this project but you can also use our A-Z list of databases:


Background information on your time period is always useful: