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GLBL 691H: Honors in Global Studies: Primary Sources

Records, Papers, Archives

The Libraries offer many primary source documents, in a variety of formats.

Many digitized collections can be found on the E-Research by Discipline page.

You can also search the online catalog for primary sources, using words such as: personal narratives, autobiographies, diaries, letters, records, sources, interviews, archives, or archival sources:

Many other research libraries have digitized collections that can be found using Google! A few examples of larger collections:

Government Information (Mostly U.S.)

UNC holds over two million Federal, international, and state documents, but not all of these are in the catalog. Still, the catalog is a great place to start your research, particularly for documents published after 1976.

A few other useful sources for finding government information are below:


To learn more about using newspapers in your research, consult our Finding News Stories guide.


Finding Primary Sources

This guide provides assistance with research using primary sources, especially those we have available here at UNC Libraries in several formats: paper, republication, microfilm, and electronic. The database below helps identifies primary source repositories around the world.