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Free Primary Sources: Online Newspapers

Resource to help National History Day participants and other students locate primary sources.

Newspapers - Primary or Secondary?

Newspaper articles can be either primary or secondary sources. A newspaper article that documents an eyewitness account of an event would be a primary source. Alternatively, a newspaper article may be research-based, which makes it a secondary source. While newspapers are rich sources, approach with caution if you are required to have a primary source and clarify their status with an instructor. 

Newspaper and Collections Available Online

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