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HIS3145 History of Twentieth Century Europe

About this Page

This page will assist you in locating primary sources for your topic.

A primary source in history is an artifact or document that is contemporary to the time period you are studying.  

This page contains links to websites containing primary sources on the topic of modern European history.

Finding Published Primary Sources in Library Search

Search Library Search to find books by a particular person using the "Advanced Search" author field, e.g. "Havel, Václav."  You might also want to limit the language to "English".

Try a broad keyword search, adding keywords such as "sources", "correspondence", "documents", etc., e.g., Cold War AND Sources.

Finding Historical Information on the Web

Now is a great time to be researching history. Every day, more and more content that was previously accessible only in special collections and archives is now being scanned, digitized, and posted on the web. The links below represent only a handful of such digitization projects on the topic of European history. 

Google Books Search

Books published before 1926 are in the Public Domain, so the full-text of many historical books may be found via Google Book Search.

Google Book Search