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History: Asia

What are primary sources?

Primary sources are first-hand sources created at the time of a particular event or period.

Finding archives with sources on your topic:

Primary sources can be found online, reproduced in printed books, or in their original form in archival collections.  To find out which American archives have manuscripts and records on your topic, search ArchiveGrid.  See our ArchiveGrid tutorial.

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Newspapers from Asia

East Asian Primary Source Websites





Primary Sources at Snell

Published collections of primary sources in translation can help simplify your research process. There are many names for these published works including:

  • sourcebooks
  • collections
  • anthologies
  • translations

Try adding these terms to your search to help find primary sources in our collection.

Ex: Korea and history and translations

Here is a link to a list of these collections to get you started: