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A Guide to Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities (IPH)

Research Guide to support the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities program at Washington University

HathiTrust Digital Library

Includes 3+ million volumes of full text including many primary sources. More information and searching tips.

Search the WU Catalog for Primary Sources

To search for primary sources, include "sources" as a subject keyword in Advanced Search. For letters, include "correspondence". For diaries, include "diaries".

Search for books using Washington University Libraries' catalog.

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What is a primary source?

Material that provides a first-hand account of a subject or event. Examples include diaries, photographs, interviews, and original research studies. Sometimes referred to as original sources or source material.

Below are themed groupings of select databases available through WU Libraries. To find additional collections, check the A-Z Database List or check the Research Guides for specific subject areas of interest.

African American Studies

The Book

Empire and Globalism

Gender and Sexuality


Pop Culture Studies

War and Conflict