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Finding and Using Primary Sources: Online Collections

A guide on defining, finding, and using primary resources in your research


Online Collections based at Duke

Did you know that Duke has digitized over 1000 collections from its physical collections and archives? These collections can be a great place to start when looking for primary sources.

Want more information on this resource? Check out the Libraries' page on the Digital Collections program and Rubenstein Library's page on teaching with digital collections to find out more.

General Online Collections

Here's a list of some online collections that are useful for general research involving primary sources. If you're looking for online primary source collections that pertain to a specific subject, check out the Libraries' subject-specific research guides to learn more.

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Need Help?  Ask a Librarian for help finding primary sources in the library. 

Librarians are available from 9am to 12am most days to help you with your research. You can reach us in person, via chat, phone, or email.


Local Online Collections

Listed below are some helpful online collections maintained by other local universities and the state of North Carolina.