Your local library is a treasure trove of information!
The Hill Library, in cooperation with the Strafford Historical Society allows access to primary sources of local information and artifacts. The library also offers an up to date collection of informational texts, and as part of the NH State Library system is able to offer access to the EBSCO Research Database which provides full text searches and abstracts of magazines, newspapers and reference books in a variety of subject areas, updated on a daily basis. Additionally we are developing an A-Z list of authoritative subject specific resources.
Primary Sources of Information: Primary Sources of information are artifacts, documents, such as diaries, journals, newspapers, or photographs and film and sound recordings that were created during the time of the event by a person who directly experienced the event. For instance: Letters written by soldiers are primary sources of information about the time the letter was written. Many local libraries and historic societies work to preserve and make primary source materials available to researchers.
Secondary Sources of Information
Secondary sources are written by persons who are describing or interpreting primary sources of information. For instance, if I am researching WWII and then give a presentation about the themes from soldiers’ letters, my material would be considered a secondary source of information.
Born Digital refers to materials that were originally created in a digital format.