Research and Primary Sources Online

Primary Sources Online comprehensive source of nonfiction content for grades 3 and up
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Free Primary Sources Online

U.S. National Archives Experience: – An introduction to discovering and working with primary-source materials with a curated collection of 1,200 items.

National Archives: – Seven free tools to create interactive learning activities based on any primary source in the National Archives: finding a sequence; focusing on details; making connections; mapping history; seeing the big picture; weighing the evidence; and interpreting data.

Historical Scene Investigations (HSI): – Hosted by the University of William & Mary School of Education, this site presents historical cases and clues for students to crack.

World Digital Library: – A database of more than 7,000 primary-source documents and images from around the world, sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, searchable by date, era, country, continent, topic, and type of research.

“Get Kids Engaged with Primary Sources” by Richard Byrne in School Library Journal, April 2013 (Vol. 59. #4, p. 13); Byrne can be reached at

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