Finding Primary Sources in GALILEO

One of the best places to find primary sources in GALILEO is Annals of American History, which covers 1493 to the present day. It includes historical accounts, speeches, memoirs, poems, editorials, landmark court decisions, and cultural criticism as well as hundreds of images and video and audio clips of famous speeches. For example, you can find Henry Clay Work’s song, “Marching Through Georgia,” about Sherman’s march from Atlanta to the sea; a description of plantation life in Georgia; the opinion of Chief Justice John Marshall offered in Cherokee Nation v. State of Georgia; Eli Whitney discussing his invention of the cotton gin; and so much more.

Several EBSCO databases include primary sources as well. Kids Search, History Reference Center, and Student Research Center allow students to limit their search to primary sources, or, after they search for their topic, they can select to view Primary Source Documents. For example, in History Reference Center, students can search for Trail of Tears and then use the Source Types section on the left to limit to Primary Source Documents, or they can search for Jackie Robinson in Student Research Center and click the Primary Source Documents icon.

The Civil Rights Digital Library offers newsfilm clips, photos, letters, and more related to the Civil Rights Movement. There are also many educator resources as well as other instructional materials in Freedom on Film to support classes studying this part of history.

For primary sources related to Georgia, the Digital Library of Georgia offers diaries, letters, manuscripts, newspapers, government documents, images, and so many more wonderful treasures. More specifically, there are diaries from Jimmy Carter and a soldier who marched through Georgia with General Sherman; historic newspapers from different parts of Georgia; oral histories from politicians, students, mill workers, and many other different types of people; the Vanishing Georgia collection with wonderful historical photos; and much more to provide firsthand observations of Georgia history.

You can find even more primary sources under Browse by Type in GALILEO High School or under By Type in GALILEO Teen.

As always, if you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.

Courtney McGough
GALILEO Support Services
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

*Some article and search links may not work off site. Click the database name first for access.

Express Links  for Databases Mentioned in this Post:
Annals of American History:
Kids Search:
History Reference Center:
Student Research Center:
Civil Rights Digital Library:
Digital Library of Georgia:
Cornelius C. Platter Civil War Diary, 1864-1865:
Georgia Government Publications:
Vanishing Georgia:
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Posted on September 24, 2010, in GALILEO, Primary sources. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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