Resources by Type: "Primary Sources"

Access World News (formerly NewsBank) allows users to find information on topics related to business, communications, economics, government, journalism, politics and more from a variety of current and retrospective news media including newspapers, newswires, broadcast transcripts, blogs, periodicals, videos and web-only content including the Kentucky Post and Lexington Herald-Leader. Also includes Access Business News, Access International News, Access Military, Government, and Defense, Access Newswires and Transcripts and Acceda Noticias.

Access World News is available both on-campus and off-campus.

African American Experience is an extensive database of information relating to the African American Experience. Includes material from major multivolume print reference sets, such as The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature, Encyclopedia of Racism in the United States, and African American Religious Experience in America. Also includes hundreds of primary documents: manuscripts, speeches, court cases, quotations, advertisements, statistics, and other papers, plus over 4,000 interviews with former slaves

African National Congress provides both current and historical information on the ANC and South African politics and government. Offers access to a wide array of government documents, such as bills and draft bills, commission reports, Hansard, Parliamentary papers, press statements and Weekly diary, regulations, speeches by government officials, statutes, and much more.

Alt-Press Watch contains full text coverage of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press.

Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogy research tool created for libraries that provides patrons instant access to a wide range of unique primary resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more.

Antislavery Literature Project is a collection of literature and history, including slave narratives, political tracts, poetry, children's literature and more, related to the antislavery movement in the United States.

Annals of American History provides access to primary sources from throughout American history.  Over 2100 entries from 1493 to the present include speeches, essays, photos, and audio recordings.

Carlyle Letters Online is a collection of over 10,000 letters written by Thomas Carlyle and his wife Jane Welsh Carlyle. Browse their correspondence by date, by recipient, and by subject.

Civil War: Antebellum Period to Reconstruction Digital Edition features more than 150 newspapers from all regions of the United States—plus approximately 50,000 government documents and 4,000 rare broadsides and pieces of ephemera. This collection of primary materials provides local and national coverage of American culture, politics and society from 1840 through 1877.

Early American Imprints - Series I, Evans (1639-1800) contains the full-text of over 37,000 books, pamphlets and broadsides. Provides information about life in 17th- and 18th-century America, such as agriculture, foreign affairs, literature, music, philosophy, religion, the Revolutionary War, temperance, and witchcraft.

Covers Charles Evans' Early American Imprints, Series I. Evans (1639-1800) is based on the American Bibliography by Charles Evans and enhanced by Roger Bristol's Supplement to Evans' American Bibliography.

Early American Imprints - Series II, Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 contains the full-text of over 36,000 American books, pamphlets and broadsides covering the political, social, cultural and geographic growth of the United States during 1801-1819.

Covers abolitionism, arts and literature, economic, religious, and scientific thought. From Aaron Burr to Zebulon Pike, from abolitionism to Tippecanoe, this collection thoroughly chronicles the people, ideas and events behind the early political, social, cultural and geographic growth of the United States. Researchers can study the emergence of American arts and literature, follow the progression of American economic, religious and scientific thought, and track the westward expansion. Specific topics covered include the Adams-Onis Treaty, Bible societies, canals, the Embargo Act, fur trade, Hartford Convention, Lewis & Clark expedition, Louisiana Purchase, nationalism, Panic of 1819, romanticism, Seminole War, Treaty of Ghent, 12th Amendment, U.S. Military Academy, War of 1812, widows and wives. Also included are the works of many European authors reprinted for the American public. In addition to its books, pamphlets and broadsides, this collection features many state papers and government materials, including published reports; presidential letters and messages; congressional, state and territorial resolutions.

Founders Online is a collection of correspondence and other writings of six major shapers of the United States presented by the National Archives.  Featuring the writings of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison.

Global Issues in Context uses a wealth of resources to explain the historical and contemporary conditions necessary to understand global issues, conflicts and events. It supports research in virtually every corner of the library and in a wide variety of subject areas, including sociology, current events, civics, politics, science, economics, cultural/religious studies, & women.

The Internet History Sourcebooks Project, published by Fordham University, is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.

Kentuckiana Digital Library provides access to online finding aids and digitized materials from archival collections across the state of Kentucky.

Middle Search Plus Online contains articles, general reference sources, and book reviews for general interest and current events for middle and junior high school students.

NBC Learn is the educational arm of NBC News and provides thousands of historic news reports, current events stories, original content, primary source documents, and other digital media specifically designed to help teach and engage students of all levels and abilities.

The New York Times Historical (1851-2009) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.

Newspaper Source provides newspaper articles from 143 U.S. and international newspapers.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context covers social issues such as Gun Control, Genetic Engineering, Censorship, Endangered Species, and Terrorism. Opposing Viewpoints in Context brings together viewpoint articles, contextual topic overviews, government and organizational statistics, biographies of social activists, court cases, profiles of government agencies and special interest groups, newspaper and magazines articles, primary source documents, images, and a collection of subject-indexed Web sites.