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Finding Primary Sources

For your final paper in HIS391, you're going to use primary sources about slavery. There are a lot of these documents scattered around the internet; you just have to know how to find them. 

Here are a few tricks:

First, identify the geographical region and the time period that you are studying.

Then you can use the geographical region to search Google. 

Try using words like "primary source" and "document" and "archive" to increase the chance you'll get historical sources.

For example, search Google for Caribbean AND slavery AND ("primary source" OR document OR archive)

Here's a link to the results page from that search.

You can see that many of the search results are from university or government sites that have compiled resources, including primary sources, on Caribbean slavery. These are the sites you should be exploring as you do research for your papers.

As you read, keep your topic, including your geographical region and time period, in mind. You don't want to spend all your time with documents from other eras.

On the other pages in the guide you'll find a few sites to start you off. But there are many, many more out there waiting to be found!

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