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Greece, Rome, and The American Experience (Hist 4325): Primary sources

This guide supports Dr. Ronald J. Weber's junior-senior seminar on Roman Culture in American History.

Finding primary sources

Primary sources are crucial in history papers! Primary sources are documents that were created at or near the time of the events being studied.

  • The Loeb Classical Library is a collection of Greek and Latin texts with English translations. It's located in the Reference section.
  • Combine your search terms with the terms sources, inscriptions, documents, texts, or manuscripts to find primary sources.
  • Pictures count as primary sources! For any art or architecture topic, explore the database ArtStor for images.
  • Archaeological reports are also considered primary sources. These reports often contain statistical data about finds, illustrations or plans of buildings, maps, illustrations of artifacts, plans of towns, transcriptions of inscriptions, and analysis of finds.

Ancient and Early American Texts Online

There are several places you can search online for the full texts of classical works and for newspapers and other early American documents. If the site offers an "advanced search" option, you can save time by entering the author in an "author" or "creator" search line. Search for images in the art databases such as ArtStor and  Art Full Text. Many articles about specific topics will also have images accompanying the text.

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