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United States Military History: Primary Sources

Primary Sources

What are primary sources? Primary sources provide firsthand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic or question under investigation.

They are usually created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later.

Source: Primary Sources at Yale  

Library Databases

Library databases to consider searching for Primary Sources, such as speeches, letters, government documents, press releases, etc.:

Academic Search Ultimate

America: History and Life with Full Text



World History (GALE IN CONTEXT)

Primary Sources: Military History

Here are some external resources to explore for primary resources: