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Primary Source Research Guide
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- Getting Started
- Primary and Secondary Sources
- Primary Source Samples
- About Archives
- Finding Aids
- Anatomy of a Finding Aid
Finding Primary Sources
- Resources
- Digital Collections
- Collections on Microfilm
Visiting Repositories
- Preparing for Your Visit
- What To Expect
- Links and Contact Information
Use and Reproduction
- Copyright
- Citing Sources

Primary Source Research Guide


Welcome to the Five College Archives and Manuscript Collection's Primary Source Research Guide. It is designed especially for students who are new to primary source research, but more experienced researchers may also find the resources provided here helpful. The Guide focuses on archives and special collections in the Five College area, including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

To navigate, use the menu on the left or click on the arrows at the bottom of each page to be guided through the site.

Foreign finches in captivity by Arthur G. Butler, 1894

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Additional Guides to Researching Primary Sources

Many archival repositories have developed similar tools to help researchers. For more information on using primary sources, we suggest you visit the following sites:

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Last update: May 24, 2004