Primary Sources

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  • Research in Context Authentication Required
    Research in Context brings together content from the former Discovering Collection, Junior Reference Collection, and InfoTrac Junior Edition. Covers literature, science, social studies, and U.S. and world history subjects.
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  • Gale Student Resources in Context Authentication Required
    Covering history, literature, science, social studies, this database provides reference material, full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary sources, creative works, and multimedia, including hours of video and audio clips and podcasts.
some 1980-
  • Salem History Authentication Required
    Salem History is an online database of full-text reference e-books and primary sources.  Included are sources on American history, world history, historical events and periods, biographies, and more.
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  • Archives Unbound Authentication Required
    Archives Unbound includes topically-focused digital collections of primary source material.  These historical documents support research in history, political science, ethnic studies, and more.  Normandale Library has access to three collections: The American Indian Movement and Native American Radicalism, The Black Liberation Army and the Program of Armed Struggle, and “We Were Prepared for the Possibility of Death”: Freedom Riders in the South, 1961.
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  • Digital Public Library of America
    The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a freely available collection of digital resources from America’s libraries, archives, and museums. It includes written works to works of art and culture, records of America’s heritage, scientific resources. This is a great collection for primary and secondary sources. You may search for online resources by theme, location or era.
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  • Calisphere
    Calisphere is the University of California's gateway to a world of primary sources freely available online. Calisphere includes more than 200,000 digitized items that reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history, including JARDA: Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives.
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some 1850-
1877
some 1850-
1877
  • MAS Ultra-School Edition Authentication Required
    Contains full text for more than 500 popular high school magazines, more than 360 full text reference books, 85,000 biographies, 105,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 453,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.
most 1975-
  • Middle Search Plus Authentication Required
    Provides full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays. Middle Search Plus also contains 84,000 biographies, 105,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 453,000 photos, maps and flags.
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all 1800-
1969
  • Points of View Reference Center Authentication Required
    Points of View Reference Center is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database provides 250 topics, each with an overview (objective background / description), point (argument),counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide. Contains a balance of materials from all viewpoints, including over 1,000 main essays, leading political magazines from both sides of the aisle, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books.
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  • Minnesota Reflections
    Minnesota Reflections, a product of the Minnesota Digital Library, contains more than 80,000 Images/library, maps, and documents from more than 125 of the state's cultural heritage organizations, offering resources on Minnesota history and geography.
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