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HIST 403: Primary Sources - East Asia: Home

List of primary sources both at CMU and on the web for China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

Search Tips

To find primary sources in the Library Catalog you may add "type" words to your search.  For example: Hiroshima and personal narratives.  These words also often appear as subheadings in the Library of Congress subject headings.  For example:  Vietnam War 1961 1975 Sources

Type words include:

  • diary, diaries
  • letters
  • correspondence
  • papers
  • documents
  • documentary
  • memoirs
  • personal narratives
  • speeches
  • sources

Prospector

Don't forget that if CMU doesn't have what you need you can check the other Prospector libraries.  Use the same search techniques to find what is available.  If the library doesn't lend the item you need, we might be able to get photocopies of specific pages through Interlibrary Loan.

Primary Sources Defined

Primary sources provide first-hand accounts, testimony or evidence of an event or time period by the participants or observers.  Often these sources are created at the time but may also include items recorded later such as memoirs and oral histories.  Primary sources may be available in the original format or may be available in a reproduced format such as microform, digital, or printed formats.  The content is what makes it a primary source. 

Types of Primary Sources

Examples of primary sources include:

  • diaries
  • letters, correspondence
  • manuscripts
  • memoirs, autobiographies
  • speeches
  • interviews
  • oral histories
  • government hearings
  • treaties
  • reports
  • statistical data
  • newspaper accounts
  • brochures
  • posters
  • photographs
  • advertisements
  • artifacts

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