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STS 480: Senior Research Seminar: Primary Sources

Tips for Primary Sources

The resources on this page are just a tiny sampling of the primary sources available to you!  Talk with Prof. Fisher and Peggy Burge to discuss the possibilities for your own project.

Remember, too, that our own Archives & Special Collections are available to you as well!  Email with questions, and also take a look at the A&SC materials that have been digitized thus far, like The Trail


Collins Library subscribes to an extensive array of newspaper databases.

For those of you researching earlier topics, the following historical newspapers are also available:

Online Collections

The American Decades Primary Sources collections include an anthology of primary sources related to science and technology, organized by decade. The primary sources range from newspaper or magazine articles, to excerpts of scientific works, to photographs or images.

Many government entities have digitized portions of their records, such as:

Additionally, there are many specialized open access archives available on specific topics:

Search Primo

Search Primo by author and/or title to locate published works.


Collins Library provides access to a rich variety of weekly or monthly magazines. 

The print periodicals collection includes the major news magazines (Time, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek); political commentary (Nation, New Republic, Commentary, National Review); general interest (New Yorker, Atlantic, Harper's); and some runs of popular science magazines (Discover).

Some popular magazines are available online; just search Primo with the title of the magazine and limit the results to "journals."

Indexing is available via the Readers' Guide databases: