Research typically involves using a variety of sources including:
To create the most effective and efficient searches, utilize the search strategies listed under Step 2: Locate Information.
The following tutorial will provide you an overview of the library and the types of sources you can find in both the physical and digital library. Each library is different, of course. But libraries do offer similar services and organize materials in similar ways.
Primary sources (or primary documents or resources) “provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation They are usually created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later. (Primary Sources at Yale, https://primarysources.yale.edu/)
Common examples of primary sources:
Copies of speeches, addresses, treaties, laws, or declarations.
Diaries, letters, papers, or autobiographies.
First person reports in newspapers or magazines.
Interviews or oral histories.
Objects, photographs, or maps.
Video recordings, streaming video or tapes of events or speeches.
Click here for Middle Georgia State's Research Guides for finding primary resources in a variety of topics.
ArchiveGrid - a collection of nearly two million archival material descriptions. Archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives are represented in ArchiveGrid.
When digital options or full text is not available, try the InterLibrary Loan form.