Primary Sources

Need to do research for an essay? Primary sources can be a great way to learn more about a historical event.

Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons (www.ala.org).

The Google News archive is a good place to find primary sources. Check out this short 3 minute video to see how easy it is. REMEMBER! You should aways use caution when using the internet for research. Review this advice from the Reference and User Services Association on evaluating primary source web sites.

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Online Learning Tips and College Success Tutorials

plannerWlaptopWelcome back! Start your fall semester off on the right track! Subscribe to the TIps for Student Success blog and receive email notification when we add new tutorials and post great articles about online learning skills and academic success!

Visit the blog’s tutorial page to view short, online tutorials that support student learning and address specific college-level concepts or skills. Current topics are: Plagiarism, Writing an Essay, Basic Grammar, Note Taking, Test Taking Tips, How to Study, Time Management and Email Etiquette. Feel free to leave comments and email us with suggestions for future tutorials or posts. We’re here to help you succeed!

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Tutorials to Help with Summer Semester

Are you signed up for summer semester? Don’t forget about the many tutorials designed to help you be more successful in your classes! We currently have the following short tutorials available:
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  • Time Management
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Basic Grammar
  • Email Etiquette
  • How to Study
  • Note Taking
  • How to Write a Basic Essay
  • Plagiarism

You can view the tutorials on your computer or iPad. Be sure to check them out!

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