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Library Resources: Primary Sources: Home

Finding primary sources for history, science, literature, etc.

Key Sites

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience.-- from Library of Congress, “Using Primary Sources”

Examples of primary sources:

artifacts, audio recordings, autobiographies, captains’ logs, diaries, emails, eyewitness accounts, government and organization records, interviews, letters, market surveys, novels, patents, photographs, poems, polls, postcards, proceedings from meetings, reports on discoveries, science experiment data, speeches, videos, weather charts, works of art or music, some websites.

Custom Google Search

Use this box to search the web for primary sources. Only collections marked with an asterisk (*) in this guide will be searched.

Greek Fire

Image from a 12-century illuminated manuscript, the Madrid  Skylitzes, is in the public domain.

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Library Information

SLO CAMPUS LIBRARY HOURS

Due to COVID-19, all library services are online during regularly scheduled hours until further notice. The online library hours for Fall 2020 are listed below. Click for Information about library services.

Monday: 8 am - 8 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 8 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 8 pm
Thursday: 8 am - 8 pm
Friday:  8 am - 4 pm
Saturday: TBD

The Open Lab in the library on the SLO campus (building 3200) is open Mon. - Fri. 8 am - 5 pm for computers, printing and internet access. 

For tech support requests, email support@my.cuesta.edu

 

SLO PHONE (voicemail only)
Circulation Desk: (805) 546-3155
Reference Desk: (805) 546-3157

 

NORTH COUNTY LIBRARY HOURS

Due to COVID-19, all library services are online during regularly scheduled hours until further notice. The online library hours for Fall 2020 are listed below. Click for Information about library services.

Monday: 8 am - 8 pm
Tuesday: 8 am - 8 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 8 pm
Thursday: 8 am - 8 pm
Friday:  8 am - 4 pm
Saturday: TBD

The student computers in the Campus Center (building 1000) will be open Mon. - Fri. 8 am - 5 pm for internet access and printing. 

For tech support requests, email support@my.cuesta.edu

NCC PHONE (voicemail only)
Circulation Desk: (805) 591-6211
Reference Desk: (805) 591-6200 x 4410

Acknowledgment

Grateful acknowledgment is given to librarian Kelly L. Smith of the University of California, San Diego for the use of numerous links from her primary sources libguide.