A fraction of the rich holdings of the Special Collections department at McWherter: "Almost all of these items are from our Preservation and Special Collections Department. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, local and regional history and culture in general, family and political life, the Civil War and other conflicts, Civil Rights, and African American community and culture."
"As a member of the Open Content Alliance, the University Libraries at the University of Memphis is contributing digital content to the Internet Archive from our holdings including yearbooks, the campus newspaper, bulletins and schedules of classes, early literary magazines, and other materials related to the life and times of the University of Memphis."
"Part of a continuing effort by the Library to evaluate, select, collect, catalog, provide access to, and preserve digital materials for researchers today and in the future. This site provides information for researchers who are interested in using the Web Archives, information for site owners who might be included in the archives, and information about the tools, infrastructure, and technical details that enable the Library to carry out this work."
While Bard doesn't cover every primary source, it does make citing primary sources much easier. See this site for correct MLA Works Cited formats for films, illustrations, interviews, performances, and more.
Best Practices in Primary Field Research
How do you cite an interview? How do you conduct a survey? How do you analyze an observation? Consult the links below for reliable advice on primary research.
OWL Guide to Conducting Primary Research - The Online Writing Lab considers primary research from start to finish. By providing an overview of types of research, ethics, and means of analysis, the OWL is a comprehensive introduction.