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EDU 379A: Primary Sources

Your guide to finding primary sources!

Let us help you find primary sources! There are many items that can serve as first-hand or contemporary evidence of an event or topic.You can choose from the following or just scroll down: Governrnent Sources | Books | Court Cases News |  Other

Finding Primary Government Documents

If you're looking for a law, bill, government policy, Presidential speech, or any federal pronouncement or agency document, here's a great way to do so:

Go to Google or DuckDuckGo and type in the following:

  • the name of what you are looking for 
  • site:.gov

Step 1: Type in DuckDuckGo never again education act site:.gov to find government sites that most likely have the full text of the law

Step 2: Find the law among your results. Tip: Congress.gov is often your best bet.

Search in DuckDuckGo for a law

Finding Historical Books as Primary Resources

If you're looking for a primary source concerning a notable education thinker or leader, see if that person has written a book on the subject. That's a primary source too.

Step 1: To find books by Dewey, do an AUTHOR search in a library catalog. Put last name, comma first.

Author search in the OhioLINK Library Catalog

Step 2: Choose your person from the list. Tip: You may need to know when that person lived to identify the correct individual.

List of authors in OhioLINK Library Catalog

Finding Court Cases

Step 1: Go to Google or DuckDuckGo and type in the name of your court case.

Step 2: If you don't see it in your results, try adding site:.gov to your search.

Step 3: If you still can't find it, you may need to use the library's database, Nexis Uni. Ask a Librarian for assistance--we'd be happy to help.

Finding Primary News from the Time

Try these sources for news, and don't forget public libraries after you graduate:

Additional Sources for Primary Materials

Sites for additional primary sources, including letters, images, books, and other materials from these free resources: