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Research Guide to Middle Eastern Studies: Primary Resources

An introductory guide to research in Middle Eastern Studies.

Primary Resources

What are primary sources? Primary sources provide firsthand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic or question under investigation.

They are usually created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later.

World History in Context

Use a database that helps you identify primary resources!


World History in Context includes full-text articles on U.S. history from 120 journals and over 2,000 reference works. Also contains over 59,600 primary documents; and biographies, photos, maps, and videos.


HathiTrust Digital Library

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"HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. The mission of HathiTrust is to contribute to research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge. There are more than 150 partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide." 

Church of St. Helena, Bethlehem

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Dorot Jewish Division, The New York Public Library. (1842 - 1849). Church of St. Helena, Bethlehem Retrieved from