Primary sources are original, uninterpreted information. Scholars analyze primary sources in order to answer research questions. Examples of primary sources vary by discipline.
Examples in the humanities:
Examples in the social sciences:
Example in the sciences:
The Archives & Special Collections collects, preserves, and makes available primary source material documenting life at the University as well as collections representing regional, national and international issues.
A small selection of material is listed below, for additional sources, please contact email@example.com.
Ehman, Jessie, et al., A strange case of alchemical munificence, 2013.
Grotius, Hugo, The truth of Christian religion, 1689.
Wesley, John, Select letters, chiefly on personal religion, 1838.
Rycaut, Paul, The present state of the Ottoman Empire, containing the maxims of the Turkish politie, the most material points of the Mahometan religion...,1668.
The Oregon Methodist Missions papers, 1835-1858, contain letters describing the daily life, hardships, and deaths associated with the work of missionaries and their families in the Oregon territory.
The Mongolian Missions Collection, 1913-1935, contains materials used by missionaries of the South Mongol Mission including unbound texts, photographs, and religious and educational materials produced by the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Swedish Mongol Mission Press, and the Russian-Mongolian Publishing Company.
The Archives & Special Collections is located on the second floor of the Collins Memorial Library.
Set up an appointment: We are open to researchers by appointment Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. To make an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org or book online.
We look forward to assisting you!
Sacred texts often lack a clear title or author by which to search. Libraries use "uniform titles" to gather together all works related to a sacred text that may be in many editions or translations. The uniform title consists of the following in this order: [Sacred text name] [Subsection of text, if any] [Language(s)] [Version] [Date]. Examples of uniform titles appear below. If you have any difficulty finding what you need, please ask a librarian for assistance!
Bible. New Testament. Versions.
Buddhist Sacred Texts
Mahayana Buddhism. Sacred books.
Tripiṭaka. Sūtrapiṭaka. Prajñāpāramitā. Vajracchedikā. English.
Hebrew Bible (Tanakh)
Bible. Old Testament Versions, Jewish.
Bible. O.T. Leviticus. English.
Hindu Sacred Texts
Koran (or Qur’an)
A Note on Translations:
English translations of sacred texts can differ markedly. Always use the translation your professor recommends. If you are citing sacred texts in your work, make sure that you indicate which translation you are using.