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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

Steve Locy
History Liaison
Edmon Low Library
405 744-3272

Online Digital Resources

World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893

New York Public Library

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Climate Literacy and Energy Network

Geo-heat Digital Library

Consolidation Coal Mining Energy Archives

Engineering Societies Digital Collections