Primary Source Document Resources

Provides access to primary source document analysis tools from the Library of Congress and a variety of sites to find 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. Available in PDF and an online version that can be edited and saved by students.

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 - Digital Collections

The Library of Congress - American Memory.

American Memory - Remaining Collections

The following collections are in the process of being migrated to the new American Memory site.

Library of Congress - Primary Resource Sets

Resource sets with pre-selected documents. Based around themes.

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (Lib. of Congress)

Curated print and photographic collections from the Library of Congress.

Digital Public Library of America

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format. The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America itself, from the smallest local history museum to our nation’s largest cultural institutions. (Desc. from site.)

Cornell University: Making of America

The Cornell University Library Making of America Collection is comprised of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. Original site:

Making of America (Univ. of Michigan)

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

NY Public Library Digital Collections

Digitized manuscripts and items form the New York Public Library.

NYS 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.


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

World History
Primary Source Documents for World History

British Columbia International Digital Library

A guide to digital library collections, primarily text-based ones, and digital library construction technology in BC and around the world.

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. We aim to support the learning, teaching and research of our users from around the world.


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.

Science Resources
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.

Public Library of Science (PLoS)

Research should be freely available to everyone for the advancement of knowledge, discovery, reproducibility and usability

Macaulay Library - Cornell Lab of Orinthology

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®

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

Search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books.

Open Library

Open Library is an initiative of the Internet Archive. One web page for every book ever published. It's a lofty but achievable goal.


Numerous images of primary sources are available.


Search local and regional libraries for resources

Teacher Resources
Resources for Teachers

TPS Teachers Network

Collaborate with teachers across the USA on teaching and using primary source documents.

Open Stax

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.