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The Modern Civil Rights Movement: Primary Sources: Websites

Welcome to the library guide for HY 430: The Modern Civil Rights Movement! This guide will provide you with helpful resources from the library and across the web.

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.


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:


"Great Depression" diaries

John F. Kennedy speeches

"World War II" "digital collection"


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). 

Digital Collections

Civil Rights Movement Veterans