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OSU Library

A research library with 2+ million volumes and online resources. Many materials are scanned and digitized, many are not. Use both tangible and online resources for your research.

Start your search using the library catalog.

See the online resources listed below. Search based on the topic and time period.

Primary Resource Guides

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Primary sources are generally original records or first person accounts created at the time of an historical event or era. They may be created later, if by an eyewitness to the event or time period. Types of primary sources include:

  • Letters
  • Diaries
  • Speeches
  • Interviews
  • Literary works
  • Memoirs
  • Artifacts
  • Personal narratives
  • Government documents
  • Newspaper articles
  • Images
  • Sound Recordings

Secondary sources comment upon, explain, or interpret primary sources. They may include scholarly books, journal and magazine articles, encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, reviews, and textbooks

OSU Library Resources

U.S. Government Resources

Contact Information

 

Suzanne Reinman
Documents Department

Edmon Low Library
405 744-6546
suzanne.reinman@okstate.edu

Steve Locy
History Liaison
Edmon Low Library
405 744-3272
steve.locy@okstate.edu

Online Digital Resources

World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893
http://columbus.gl.iit.edu/

New York Public Library
http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
http://asmedigitalcollection.asme.org/

Climate Literacy and Energy Network
http://cleanet.org/index.html

Geo-heat Digital Library
http://digitallib.oit.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/geoheat

Consolidation Coal Mining Energy Archives
http://digital.library.pitt.edu/images/pittsburgh/consol.html

Engineering Societies Digital Collections
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/engin/societies/