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HIS-1203 (Understanding Human Rights)

Primary Sources

Check out this video from the University of Guelph libraries for a quick introduction to primary and secondary sources.

For more information on finding, analyzing and using primary sources in your research, check out our handy Primary Source Library Guide. This page highlights a few key collections for researching human rights:

Key Collections

  • Digital Public Library of America

    Digital Public Library of America

    Access over 40 million cultural heritage items from libraries, archives, and museums around the US. Search the collection or check out their curated Primary Source Sets.

  • Library of Congress Digital Collections

    Library of Congress Digital Collections

    LOC Digital Collections provides access to digitized American historical materials including images, maps, manuscripts, prints, posters, sound recordings, films and more!

  • Europeana


    Europeana Collections provides access to over 50 million digitised items – books, music, artworks and more – from archives, museums and libraries across Europe.

  • World Digital Library

    World Digital Library

    A collaborative project of the Library of Congress and UNESCO to bring together rare and unique documents that tell the story of the world’s cultures.