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Primary Sources (U.S. History)

This guide is an introduction to what primary sources are in the field of history, how to use primary sources, how to read and transcribe original documents and links to on-line primary sources by historic topic.

How to Read Old Style Documents/Writing?

Reading old documents can be very challenging. Lettering styles and spelling can seem foreign when compared to today's writing and spelling.  Visit the links below for guidance and practice on becoming proficient at reading old documents.

How to Transcribe Documents

When transcribing old documents, there are certain guidelines that are usually followed so that transcriptions stay consistent no matter who does the transcribing.  Below are the basic rules of transcribing to get you started.

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