Answered By: Jessica Maris
Last Updated: Jun 27, 2019     Views: 2532

We have some great sources in our American History 1860-1877, Civil War & Reconstruction guide(see link below). There is a page for Primary sources.

When you want a primary sources on a specific person your best bet is to search our catalog or our databases.


In our catalog you can put  the specific persons name and search to see if we have anything written by them. These would be primary sources. Books written about them would be secondary source. 

 Primary sources include:

  • journals
  • papers
  • correspondence
  • autobiography
  • documents
  • oral history(speaches)
  • eyewitness accounts
  • first hand account
  • archives

Secondary sources: are documents written after an event has occurred, providing secondhand accounts of that event, person, or topic. Unlike primary sources, which provide first-hand accounts, secondary sources offer different perspectives, analysis, and conclusions of those accounts. 

  • biography
  • textbooks
  • articles
  • criticisms
  • commentaries
  • encyclopedias


The best place to find articles on Abraham Lincoln is on our Article page on the American History 1860-1877, Civil War & Reconstruction guide. This page will connect you will all our databases that we have for history.

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