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HY 430: Latin America: Primary Sources: Websites

This course guide for HY 430: Latin America provides you with a list of resources that can be used to complete your research paper.


An increasing number of primary sources are available for free on the web. Here are some search strategies for finding them:

Strategy 1: To focus on primary sources, go to a search engine like Google, and combine your topic with terms designating primary sources such as memoirs, diaries, accounts, narratives, documents, autobiographies, online archives, correspondence, speeches.  You can link synonyms together with a capitalized OR.  Here are some examples:


"Pancho Villa" "primary sources"

"Mexican Revolution" accounts

Mexico "online archives"


Strategy 2: Another great way to find sources on the web is to think of a library, archives, or university that specializes in your topic, and pay them a "virtual visit" (check their web site for online collections). 

The Internet: The World's Fastest Growing Archive

Most archival sources are still "off-line".  However, archivists are digitizing many of their collections and linking them from their web sites to improve access, creating treasure troves of primary materials all over the web just waiting for history students to discover!


Archives for Websites?

Did you know there are archives for web pages?  To search through one such storehouse of old web sites, you can try the Internet Archive.