Primary Source Documents

Primary Resources for use in classes.

Document Analysis - The Library of Congress has a (free) online document analysis tool that students can fill out & print or e-mail.

Sources - These are web-sites that provide access to primary source documents broken down by "type" - US History, World History, General, & Science.

TPS Commons is "Facebook for Teachers." It's purpose is to help teachers develop lessons & units based around primary source documents.

Document Analysis
Resources to help with document analysis

Teacher's Guides and Analysis Tool

Analysis tools for a wide variety of resources

Primary Source Analysis Tool

Student version of the tool which can be edited online, printed, emailed, or saved.

US History
Resources for studying US History

American Memory

Library of Congress American Memory

LoC: Primary Source Sets

Primary Source sets curated by the Library of Congress

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog

Prints & Photographs curated by the Library of COngress

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. (From site.)

Cornell Univ: Making of America

The Cornell University Library Making of America Collection is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction

Making of America

Making of America (MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

NY Public Library Digital Resources

Archived version of site

New York State Archives

The New York State Archives leads efforts, on behalf of all New Yorkers, to manage, preserve, ensure open access to, and promote the wide use of, records that support information needs and document the history, governments, events and peoples of our State.

California Network for Higher Education

Archived version of site - may not be fully functional


Promoting democracy by making Congress & other Federal government events public.

World History
Primary Source Documents for World History

British History Online

British History Online is a digital library of key printed primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, with a primary focus on the period between 1300 and 1800

Europeana Collections

We transform the world with culture! We want to build on Europe’s rich heritage and make it easier for people to use, whether for work, for learning or just for fun.

HathiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Primary Sources for Science

Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Macaulay Library

Documenting bird behavior has been a central goal of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology since its inception. It was a major focus of the Lab's founders and, from the earliest days, played a crucial role in its outreach and educational missions...

National Science Digital Library

Serving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education


PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

DRIVER: Networking European Scientific Repositories

Archived Version Access the network of freely accessible digital repositories with content across academic disciplines with over 3,500,000 scientific publications, found in journal articles, dissertations, books, lectures, reports, etc., harvested regularly from more than 295 repositories, from 38 countries.

General Resources
A wide variety of resources to explore

Internet Archive

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Digital Book Index

Digital Book Index provides links to more than 165,000 full-text digital books from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. More than 140,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free.

Google Books

It's Google. It's books.

Open Library

Open Library is an open project: the software is open, the data are open, the documentation is open, and we welcome your contribution. Whether you fix a typo, add a book, or write a widget--it's all welcome.


ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections. It is through the efforts of these students and volunteers that the ipl2 continues to thrive to this day.


The key aim of this project is to develop a search and discovery middle layer that can conduct cross-repository search and discovery by context, expose, aggregate and de-duplicate information artefacts and make them available to a user search or drive a personalized information space


Discover learning materials in an Open Space. View and share free educational material in small modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports or other academic assignments.


You'd be surprised what pictures of primary source materials are in here.


Search local libraries for gems.

Teacher Resources
Resources for Teachers

Teaching with Primary Sources

Collaborate with teachers across the USA on primary source documents.