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Primary Source Collections on JSTOR

Primary source collections on JSTOR are multidisciplinary and discipline-specific. They include select books, pamphlets, manuscripts, letters, oral histories, government documents, images, paitnings, and more.

But what are primary sources? For our purposes, primary sources are original materials. More importantly, they are from the same time period as the subject being studied and have not been edited or filtered through interpretation. 

A secondary source is a little easier to explain in the context of JSTOR. A secondary source is an account written after the event which interprets and evaluates primary sources (about the event.) They are commentary on what happened rather than records. Most journals and books on JSTOR, including the content covered in the subject sections of this guide, will be secondary sources.

You can also browse all of our collections on the JSTOR website.

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