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English Literature

Research guide for literature in the English language, the study of the English language, and guides for courses in the English Department at the University of Kentucky.

Primary Sources

These databases contain primary source materials:

Journalism Resources

These newspaper and periodical databases also contain primary source materials:

Finding Archives - Biographical Dictionaries

What is a Primary Source?

A primary source is the uninterpreted original document that contains the words of the witnesses or the first recorders of an event or creative work.  Some examples of primary sources:

Artifacts (clothing, furniture, tools, buildings)
First–person accounts (including newspaper accounts)
Government publications (statistics, court reports)
Historical documents

Internet resources (especially digitized versions of historical documents)
Lab reports
Manuscripts, journals, diaries
Official papers

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