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HIST 102: Investigating History: Serial Killers


HathiTrust is a partnership of large, research libraries that have digitized large portions of their collections--it is a good source for primary documents, many of which are in the public domain. Printing is limited but you can view entire documents online. 


Government Information

Publications generated by a government body, public records, reports and statistics such as census records, laws, Supreme Court decisions and treaties are excellent sources of primary materials.  The John W. Wydler Government Information Depository of Hofstra University is a virtual depository designated by the U.S. Federal government.  Click the link above for information about the depository, guidance for using the collection, and contact information for additional help.

Search Discovery and online databases

Use DISCOVERY to locate primary source materials.  Click on the Books/eBooks tab to start.


Use the following databases to locate primary materials

Special Collections and Archives

You might want to visit libraries which have collections of manuscripts, papers, organizational records, ephemera or other unpublished materials relating to the people, organizations and agencies involved in the events.  These are often original, one-of-a-kind materials.  Click on the link above for Hofstra University's Special Collections department.


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