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HIST 211: The Viet Nam Wars (HC): Primary Sources: Texts and Images

History 211: The Viet Nam Wars (Nguyen) Fall 2018

Primary Sources

Primary sources can take many different forms.  Letters, accounts and other kinds of documents written at the time of an event or era allow a nuanced and detailed understanding of historical issues.  Material below explains ways to locate primary sources in Tripod and Worldcat.  To find additional primary sources, historical studies in books and journal articles will often offer the best recommendations. Check footnotes and bibliographies for references to material written in the period of time you are researching.

Primary Source Databases


Finding Printed Copies of Primary Sources 

Primary source translations that are in the Tricollege libraries will often be listed in Tripod under subject terms using the word "sources"  or "autobiograph*" or "personal narratives."  For example, the search Subject: sources  AND (Subject: (viet OR vietnam*) produces books including:

Government Documents

Newspapers and Magazines

If you have the name of a newspaper or magazine, search for it first in Tripod.  If not listed there, check Google for accessible digitized issues.  If you are searching for articles but have no newspaper or magazine name, see the indexes below.

General Periodical Indexes

Selected Individual Magazines and Newspapers

Images as Primary Sources

"Happy people", photographed in Hanoi in 2012 by Francisco Anzola  (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Visual Resources

Narratives and Other Personal Writings

Additional Sources