You may need to search primary sources collections for your assignment. The library subscribes to a large number of primary source collections.
You can use Library Search to find books and journal articles written during particular time periods, e.g. what was written about travel during the nineteenth century:
Go to Library Search.
To find autobiographies, diaries, memoirs, letters, interviews, speeches:
Be aware that searching for biography will result in both biographies and autobiographies.
The University has access to a wide range of online primary sources and archival collections. These contain digitised copies of documents, letters, books, photographs and other primary sources. Some archival collections are freely available online.
To explore these resources use the A-Z database list. Filter the database type field to Primary Source to see the full list. Add a subject i.e. History as a filter to refine the list. You can also search for Archives and further refine by subject.
It's worth remembering that not everything you require will be available online!
You may need to make research trips to access physical material as well. Don't forget the Library's Special Collections holds primary source material you can use, and there are other local collections you can explore.
There are so many online primary source collections it can be difficult to know where to start. Defining your parameters before you start searching can help you identify the most relevant databases to search.
Ask yourself the following:
Click on the links below to find primary sources that have been sorted into various categories.
Click here to find information on using archival news sources for research.
A wide range of archival news sources are available at the University.
To access these resources, choose the News type in the A-Z Database List.
You can browse through the listing to see the wide range of news resources that are available to you.
Find out more by visiting the Archival News Sources LibGuide.