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While you are encouraged to use ECU's Special Collections, there are a variety of other ways to access historical primary sources. If you are researching a subject that is not well-covered by our collections, the resources on this page may be helpful to you. The library pays for many of the below resources so that ECU students can access them; however, some resources - such as the North Carolina Digital Collections and DigitalNC - are freely available to all. Residents of North Carolina who are not affiliated with ECU may have access to the NC Live databases through their public library.
DocsTeach is a website created by the National Archives - it offers free worksheets and online activities designed to help students interpret primary sources. While intended for K-12 students, the resources are adaptable and can easily be changed for use in higher education.
Some of our newspaper databases cover only current or recent decades, but many extend back to the 1600s. Check the full list here - it's helpful for newspapers from the U.S. (especially North Carolina), Great Britain, and the Caribbean.