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Primary Sources

Learn about primary sources and discover a wealth of sources in UH Special Collections and around the world.

Finding Primary Sources in Databases

Some databases provide access to digital or digitized primary sources. Although in the case of the latter, the material in the database is no longer in its original format, it is still considered to be primary source material.

The video below can help you search databases successfully.

Selected Primary Source Databases

Primary Source Databases for Literature

Use the UH Libraries' catalog to find primary sources in the library. You can select your "Format" to narrow your search.

Use the following tools to find full text, digitized copies of drama, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction prose. For a full list of databases providing full text access to primary source literature, including titles searchable in Literature Online, click here.