Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors are kindly advised that this website includes images, sounds and names of people who have passed.
All users should be aware that some topics or historical content may be culturally sensitive, offensive or distressing, and that some images may contain nudity or are of people not yet identified. Certain words, terms or descriptions may reflect the author's/creator's attitude or that of the period in which they were written, but are now considered inappropriate in today's context.
Primary sources provide firsthand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic or question under investigation.
They are usually created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later.
- Yale University - Primary Sources at Yale
Our newspaper and primary source eresources are an easy way to find :
Your search terms and strategy may be different in these databases, as primary sources are written from the perspective of events as they were occurring - not by the names we now know (eg. Boxer Rebellion, Easter Rising). Searching by a person's name or a place can be effective, or try using terms such as 'hostilities' or 'uprising'.
Use the new catalogue to find digitised primary sources in our Digital Collections