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Student Library Guide: Primary Sources

This research guide is designed to provide all Barry University students a basic overview of the resources and services available at the Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library.

Primary Sources

A primary source is a firsthand or eyewitness account of information by an individual close to the topic. Examples of primary sources include autobiographies, personal correspondence (e.g., diary entries, letters), government documents, works of art and literature, statistics and data, and newspaper articles written by reporters close to the source. Today, even some social media posts are considered primary sources, because they are firsthand accounts of information.

Purdue OWL. (n.d.). Primary vs. Secondary Sources. Purdue Online Writing Lab.

Archives & Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections, a department of the Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library, is committed to collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary source materials that support the research needs of the Barry University community and beyond. Materials available in our department include: University Records, Rare Books and Special Collections.

Newspaper Databases


Transcripts of famous speeches. subject search: speeches AND Martin AND Luther AND King