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Drama DRA2045: Finding & using library resources: Primary Source Databases

You may need to search primary sources collections for your assignment. The library subscribes to a large number of primary source collections.

Primary Source collections

The University has access to an extensive range of online primary source materials. These contain digitised copies of documents, letters, books, photographs and other primary sources. 

The Primary Sources Libguide will help you identify the best databases for your research. The collections have been categorised by Country, Time Period and Theme so that you can quickly find the most relevant collections for your research.

Our comprehensive online news collections range from local news to news publications from around the world and span a wide range of dates.


Find out more on the Archival News LibGuide 

The Library's Special Collections department houses primary sources in many formats including letters, diaries, manuscripts and photos, which can be accessed via their dedicated reading room in the Research Commons, Old Library. 

Visit the Archives and Special Collections LibGuide for more information.

Find out how to search the archives for rare books and materials here.

Use the Archive Catalogue Search to find out what is available.

Devon & Cornwall have a number of local archives that you can use when searching for primary sources. Find out more here.


These databases are nationally significant archives of the UK, covering many different themes, subjects and sources.

Archival news sources

A wide range of archival news sources are available at the University.   

Find out more by visiting the Archival News Sources LibGuide.

You can browse through the listing to see the wide range of news resources that are available to you.  



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