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HIST 374W Pandemics, Politics and Policies in the US, 1918-2020

Finding Primary Sources

For historical research, the phrase "primary sources" refers to items that were created at the time an event occurred usually by direct observers or participants. Primary sources are not limited to traditional text-based documents such as newspaper articles and journal entries; photographs, posters, audio recordings, video clips, books, and more can all serve as primary sources if they are used as evidence of the time in which they were created. It's not about the source's about how the source is used for your research.

Finding Obituaries

River Campus Libraries provides access to a large selection of historical obituaries through a variety of databases.  Try searching for one of the following words or phrases in the title field of a database to find obituaries in its collection:

  • Oibuar* (searches both obituary and obituaries)
  • "In Memorium"
  • "Mortuary Notice"

18th and 19th Century

19th Century only