Online Primary Sources

An important part of your History Day project will be finding and learning from primary sources, documents created during the time period being studied by people who lived then. The websites listed below allow you to view primary sources by topic, time period, or type of primary source, such as amendments, petitions, speeches or editorials.

To access these websites, you will need to login using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY). If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call (573) 443-3161 or (800) 324-4806. You can also try the library’s chat reference service to visit with a librarian who can help in real time from your computer. Learn more.

African-American History Online
Provides expansive and in-depth information on the people, events, and topics important to the study of African-American history.

American History Online
Spans more than 500 years of political, military, social, and cultural history, highlighting the important people and events of the American experience.

American Indian History Online
Offers thorough access to more than 15,000 years of Native American culture, history, and heritage.

American Presidential Campaigns and Elections
Facts and information on every campaign from the election of 1788-89 through 2008. Each entry contains a brief chronology of relevant political developments, brief biographical sketches of presidential and vice-presidential candidates (including important third party contenders), detailed election results, and collections of relevant speeches, debates and letters.

American Women’s History Online
Covers the important people, events, legislation, and issues relevant to the study of women’s history in the United States.

Ancient and Medieval History Online
Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

Issues and Controversies in American History
Builds a deeper understanding of how historical events have shaped our nation by exploring the key players and the battles they fought.

Modern World History Online
Covers the people, places, and events in the broad expanse of history–from mid-15th century to the present.

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