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The Overland Trails and Western Migration: Home

This guide concentrates on the history of western migration in North America with particular emphasis on the Overland Trails

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Ed is available to assist students with their research needs through the Libraries' dedicated subject liaison program.  Ed is on the Tempe campus.  His office address is Hayden Library, C1T. Telephone: (480) 965-4579 or email: edding@asu.edu.  In addition, during the semester he will hold office hours in History, SHPRS.  Ed will be in  Coor  room 4499C on Mondays and Thursdays; 9:00 – 11:00am or by appointment.  Please stop by!

What are Primary Sources

Primary sources are the historical documents used by historians as evidence. Examples of primary sources include diaries, personal journals, government records, court records, property records, newspaper articles, military reports, military rosters, and many other things.

In contrast, a secondary source is the typical history book which may discuss a person, event or other historical topic. A good secondary source uses primary sources as evidence.

The key to determining whether an item may be considered to be a primary source is to ask how soon after the event was the information recorded. This can be a problem with an autobiography, memoir, reminiscence, etc. if the author is working several years with only the memory of what happened. Your history professor will disallow most or all of these as primary sources.   However, the rule of thumb should always be:  if you're not sure whether something is an acceptable primary source, ask your professor.

Subject Guide

Ed Oetting
Contact:
My office is located in Hayden Library Room C1T.
Call me at 480-965-4579
Arizona State University Libraries

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Arizona State University
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287
Phone: 480-965-3605

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