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HY 117: World History to 1500: Start Here

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Browsing the Gorgas Library

Historians find some of their best books by browsing the shelves.  Open the document below for a guide to browsing the Gorgas Library for history books:

Primary Source Databases/Websites

Primary Sources on Google

Google is becoming a really great place to find primary sources. The key to finding them is how you construct your search. 

You'll always want to add a keyword to the end of your search that will help you find primary sources specifically. Examples of those terms are: "primary sources," documents, archives, correspondence, images, texts, writings, works, etc. 

A few example searches: 

The battle of thermopylae "primary sources" 

The Trojan War documents 

You can also add site:.edu to the end of any search in order to make sure you only bring back .edu sites. That can help with weeding out potentially unreliable sites. 

The battle of thermopylae documents site:.edu

 

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