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INST 401 - Senior Seminar in International Studies: Finding Primary Sources

What are Primary Sources

Primary sources vary from one discipline to another. For the international studies major , primary sources might include newspapers, foreign government documents, correspondence, or census data.  Secondary sources analyze an event or interpret a event or role of an individual, primary sources provide the raw materials for scholarship.

Other useful Libguides:

Primary Sources

Lexis Nexis (Worldwide Newspapers c1980-present)

This database provides a number of 'Help' buttons for the researcher.  Be aware of the 'auto fill' feature because the 'electronic edition' of titles (such as The Times of India-electronic edition) offers fewer results than searching the complete online edition of The Times of India

The database uses 'natural language' so there is no need to use connectors such as "AND" and "OR" between words. You should put phrases in quotation marks for best results. If you want to create a more precise search use a date restriction or the Boolean Operators "OR" AND "NOT".

Worldwide Newspapers

Also see the Primary Sources Libguide's "newspaper" page for more additional electronic titles.

Non-English Language Sources


The library has many more statistical and dataset software databases available on the Datasets/Statistics page of the Primary Source guide.

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