History and Biography

Primary Sources

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A primary source is something written or created in the same time period of an event or person in history. Some examples include the Gettysburg Address, Anne Frank’s diary, a photo taken during the Depression, or a newspaper article reporting on the 1912 sinking of the Titanic.

You may need to find primary sources for a history report, or maybe you read about an event or person and want to learn more. UAPL can help you get started with two of our databases!

Annals of American History contains thousands of primary documents that range from 1493 to present. Discover speeches, memoirs, historical accounts and more.

For sources covering the rest of the world, try one of our World History Databases: Ancient & Medieval Eras or The Modern Era. The Documents and Media section of a topic will have primary sources that can include political documents, letters, videos, and more.

These are just two of the many, many ways of finding primary sources. For example, try some of our other online History Resources. The Reference Department of the Main Library can also help you search. Contact us by phone, text or email, or just stop by!

Encyclopedia of Modern China

Presents critical information on the people, politics, economy, art, and literature of China from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day.

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UAHS Student Portal

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Students, do you feel overwhelmed trying to find appropriate sources for your projects and homework? Then the UAHS Student Portal is for you!

The UAPL Reference Librarians have narrowed down our extensive list of resources and organized them by categories that are relevant to high school students.

Easily discover databases and eBooks with information from encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, professional journals and other sources appropriate for school work. Many of these resources even tell you how to cite what you found! Best of all, they are all available any time of day.

You will need your UA library card number and PIN to access the valuable resources found through the UAHS Student Portal. And don’t forget, you can always contact a Reference Librarian by phone, textemail, or in person for assistance in using our databases and eBooks.

Reference eBooks

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Did you know you don’t always have to go to the library to look up reliable and authoritative information in reference books?

Whether you are working on a school project or research paper, have a bet with a friend over a fact, or just want to satisfy your curiosity about a topic, UAPL card holders can get online access to a variety of encyclopedia titles covering science, history, business, medicine, culture and much more. You can even use your mobile device when you’re on the go!

An example of just a few titles that are available include:

See a full list of all the reference eBook titles by going to Gale Virtual Reference Library,  or download the Access My Library app (iOS | Android) on your mobile device, and choose UAPL as your local library. You can also access individual eBooks through the UAPL Databases page.

Disasters and Tragic Events Book Cover

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