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HST 494 Conquest & Encounters in Colonial Latin America - Sarreal: HST 494 Conquest & Encounters in Colonial Latin America - Sarreal

History Resources covering North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East

Primary Sources

Primary Sources:
The definition of primary sources depends on the academic discipline and the context in which it is used. In the humanities, "Primary resources provide firsthand evidence of historical events. They are generally unpublished materials such as:
  • manuscripts,
  • photographs,
  • maps,
  • artifacts,
  • audio and video recordings,
  • oral histories,
  • postcards,
  • and posters.

In some instances, published materials can also be viewed as primary materials for the period in which they were written."

Credit: UCLA Institute on Primary Sources

Historians use primary sources as evidence. Additional examples of primary sources are diaries, personal journals, government records, court records, property records, military reports, and military rosters.

Secondary Sources:
In contrast, a secondary source is the typical history book which may discuss or analyze a person's life or work, an event or another historical topic. Secondary sources are accounts or interpretations of events by a person who doesn't have firsthand knowledge of the event. A good secondary source uses primary sources as evidence.

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Listed below are some relevant databases for locating journal articles & other resources:

Full-text access to journals across the disciplines

Covers the world's scholarly literature in history. Includes full-text articles on the history of the world from 1450 to the present, except for the United States and Canada

Humanities Full Text    1984-
Full text articles published in variety of subjects in the humanities including history

A multidisciplinary database which provides full-text for over 4,650 scholarly publications, more than 3,600 of them peer-reviewed. Includes topics in the social sciences, humanities, general science, education and most areas of academic study. Abstracts and indexing provided for 8,200 journals in the collection. Covers a wide range of academic subjects


The ASU Libraries have several E-Book collections. Each can be searched distinctly the same as a database BUT you will see only those titles published as part of that collection.  E-books are also included in the Libraries Catalog the same as traditional print/paper books which means you can search all e-book collections plus print books at once by searching the Catalog. To limit your search results to online books use the "Advanced Search" mode and in LOCATION, limit results to 'Online Access'. Many e-book vendors allow you to set up a free account to personalize settings for viewing & using. They also generally limit the number of pages that can be printed or downloaded in compliance with copyright laws.

The Ebrary Academic Complete collection has over 22,000 full-text books, journals, and maps covering five main subject areas - Business and Economics, Career and General Education, Computers, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences and Life/PhysicalSciences. Includes a Quick Start Guide on using this resource.

The MyiLibrary collection contains full-text books, journals, reports and other documents published by major publishers and inter-governmental/non-governmental organisations.

Provides full-text books from many of the world's leading commercial publishers and university presses. Includes a wide range of scholarly, reference, and professional titles. Also includes a large number of public domain titles. Subjects covered by netLibrary include Arts & Entertainment; Business & Economy; Computer & Internet; Education; Health; History; Government & Law; Recreation & Sports; Reference; Science & Technology; Social Sciences; Society & Culture. Offers remote access with log-in prompt. Free account available to set up log-in username.

Collaboration of eight learned societies, nearly 75 contributing publishers, and librarians at the University of Michigans Scholarly Publishing Office. The result is an online, fully searchable collection of high-quality books in history, recommended and reviewed by historians.

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       Bee Gallegos
Contact Info:
My office is located in Fletcher Library 301C on the West campus. For research assistance call me at (602)543-8509 or email me Bee.Gallegos@asu.edu Office hours are generally Monday-Thursday 7am-4pm & Friday 7-11am.
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Other Resources

For additional resources including reference titles, databases and websites on colonial Latin America, consult this LibGuide: Colonial Latin American History

More detailed information about primary sources can be found in this LibGuide: Primary Sources

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