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ENG 101 / 102 / 103 / 104: English Composition: Cates ENG 102 Spring 2017

A guide for students who are in ENG 101 (or ENG 103) Composition I and ENG 102 Composition II (or ENG 104) at the University of Montevallo

News from local sources
Alabama Media Group includes the digital edition of the Birmingham News

Weld for Birmingham
Source for news and entertainment in Birmingham

Alabama Political Reporter
Independent, non-partisan media company 

Shelby County Reporter 

Campus Life at University of Montevallo 


Library has copy in the Reference Collection on 1st floor
Ref. PN 203 .G53 2016



Primary Sources

"A primary source provides direct or firsthand evidence about an event, object, person, or work of art. Primary sources include historical and legal documents, eyewitness accounts, results of experiments, statistical data, pieces of creative writing, audio and video recordings, speeches, and art objects. Interviews, surveys, fieldwork, and Internet communications via email, blogs, listservs, and newsgroups are also primary sources. In the natural and social sciences, primary sources are often empirical studies—research where an experiment was performed or a direct observation was made. The results of empirical studies are typically found in scholarly articles or papers delivered at conferences."
College Library  

From the Library of Congress: 

Library of Congress : What Makes a Primary Source a Primary Source?

Library of Congress: Using Primary Sources

University of Montevallo digitized primary sources

Hints to find primary source material

  • Add the term digital archive to a Google search 
  • Use WorldCat Local, the library's online catalog.  Include the keywords or phrases below in your WorldCat search to locate primary sources:
    • Personal narratives
    • Diaries
    • Correspondence
    • Sources
    • Records
    • Letters

Library Databases to consider for academic research and brainstorming

Background information from reliable library databases

Past and Present

Use Google to find past information :  Your Topic AND Digital Archives

General Information from reliable web sources

Google Your Topic and add site
Example:  Vegetarianism and


For Help

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Kathleen Lowe MLS

Office is in Carmichael Library 1st floor

Tips and Tricks

Google Search Tips

To find only government sources, try adding this at the end of your search terms
Climate Change

To find only organizations, try adding this at the end of your search terms

To find only sites created by schools and colleges and universities, try adding this at the end of your search terms