If you are researching a certain city, state, or region, look for major digital collections created by that city or state.
When searching for archives online, the term "digital archives" is not used 100% of the time. Here are some key terms that indicate a website might provide you with a digital archive:
Other terms, like "online exhibit," are less reliable:
Online exhibits usually do include digitized primary sources, but generally just a few selected pieces, and usually combined with large amounts of secondary-source summary and overview. Exhibits are designed to tell a story to the public, rather than provide unbiased materials for researchers. Learn more about archives versus exhibits and tips for telling the difference.
Terms like those listed above can be paired with keywords describing your topic and used in Google Advanced Search to discover digital archives; it is also very useful to limit your Google Advanced Search to a .edu or .gov domain. Watch the video below for a demonstration!
These collections require you to login with an SHSU username and password when you are not on campus.
Find LOTS more in the SHSU Library's Guide to "U.S. History Primary Source Collections Online." Note: that guide may also contain some online exhibits, so be sure to distinguish those from the archives.
Find LOTS more in the SHSU Library's Guide to "World History Primary Source Collections Online." Note: that guide may also contain some online exhibits, so be sure to distinguish those from the archives.
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