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Communication & Mass Media Studies

Resources, tips, and tools for the study of Communication & Film, Journalism & Strategic Media, Advertising, and Public Relations..

Primary Sources

What Are Primary Sources?

Primary sources include first-hand accounts, data, artwork, and other raw materials that you as a researcher can analyze. Exact definitions of what comprises a primary source may change from one discipline to another. Some examples include diaries, op-ed pieces, statistics, government or legal documents, music manuscripts, correspondence, historical newspaper articles, speeches, audio recordings, and interviews.


General Databases


Specific Databases

Primary Sources in Special Collections

A variety of archival documents, photographs, and other materials are available to students and researchers in the University Libraries Special Collections. Some content is also available online!


Special Collections Department