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HIST 5760-Environmental History

What are Primary Sources?

What are Primary Sources?

First hand accounts of events, written by someone who experienced or witnessed the event in question. They are considered to be scholarly as the information presented is original and has not been analyzed, interpreted or commented upon. 

Examples of primary sources include: books, magazines and newspapers articles published at the time, hand-written documents like diaries and journals, speeches, interviews, letters, memoirs, diaries, autobiographies, government agency records, records of organizations, pubic opinion polls, photographs, audio or video recordings, research data and artifacts of all kinds like physical objects, furniture, tools, clothing etc.

Below are some links to environmental history resources:

LexisNexis Academic - Full text of articles from more than 2,500 newspapers.

Northern Studies: Northern Ontario - Library Research Guide

Archival Resources at Lakehead University

At Lakehead, you can access our Archives and our Special Collections on the 5th floor of the Paterson Library. Resources here include records related to the University's past, and local history.