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Module 2: How to Find Primary Sources in the UIUC Archives

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While we have focused on archives, it is important to know that libraries have primary sources too. The university libraries have primary source material in many forms: historical newspapers, published letters and diaries, and government reports are just a few of the types of primary sources you can find in libraries. And some of our libraries are similar to archives in that they specialize in materials like rare books and unpublished manuscripts.

If you want to learn how to find primary sources in the UIUC libraries, check out this guide.

A small portion of the primary source material in libraries and archives throughout the United States and internationally has been digitized and made available over the Internet. For finding primary sources using the Internet, check out this guide.

In the next module, you’ll learn how to get started using primary sources in your research.

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photo of huge computer

This 1952 publicity photograph of the Illiach, a huge computer at UIUC that was known as the "electronic brain," was digitized as part of the Champaign County Cultural Memory online project.

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Photographic Services
Photographic Subject File
Record Series 39/2/20

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