Online Primary Sources

An important part of your History Day project will be finding and learning from primary sources, documents created during the time period being studied by people who lived then. The websites listed below allow you to view primary sources by topic, time period, or type of primary source, such as amendments, petitions, speeches or editorials.

To access these websites, you will need to login using your DBRL library card number. Your PIN is your birthdate (MMDDYYYY). If you have questions or encounter difficulties logging in, please call (573) 443-3161 or (800) 324-4806.

Don’t have a DBRL library card? If you live in Boone or Callaway Counties, you can get a free card at any age, but applications for those under 18 require a parent or guardian’s signature. Learn more.


  • Academic Search Elite
    This scholarly collection provides full-text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study – including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature and more.
  • EBSCO MasterFILE Premier
    Provides full text for nearly 1,750 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. It also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, 86,017 biographies, 105,786 primary source documents, and an image collection of 341,655 photos, maps and flags.
  • MAS Ultra – School Edition
    Designed for high school students, this database contains full-text articles, biographies, primary source documents, reference books and images on topics ranging from science, history and literature to political science and more.
  • NewsBank
    Full text articles and archives from the Boone County Journal, Fulton Sun, Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  • Newspaper Source
    Cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national and international newspapers as well as selective full text for more than 370 regional papers.


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