World History: Primary Source Collections Online

Find and search primary source collections on the Internet for Western & Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South & Latin America, and more.


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Viewing Websites in Other Languages

If you open one of these websites and cannot read the language, try these tips:


  1. Look around the page for indicators of other available languages. Often these will be represented by flags (look for the U.S. or British flag); sometimes they may just be represented by words (English - Espanol - etc.). If you can find a link like this, click it to see the page in English.

  2. Run the page through Google's Language Tools. Find the box to translate a web page and paste in the URL; then be sure you select the correct language to translate. Just be warned: These computer translations are not perfect. They are very useful in helping you to understand the site's menu and navigate the site, but they may not be good enough to provide you with a trustworthy translation of a primary document.

  3. Look for an alternative site that may have similar content but presented in English. If there is a research guide for your class or area of History, consult that guide for suggestions of other websites, as well as books and databases.

  4. Search the library catalog for books that might present foreign primary sources in translation.

  5. Contact the History Librarian if you need assistance.


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