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Off-Campus Access to Databases

If you're off campus, you'll need to log in using your McCallie username and password. Email Ms. Granbery if you have any questions.

Flags of the World


You will research your region's geography, history, culture, government, and economy, as well as a particular country in your region.

Source requirements:

  • one book
  • one website
  • one database source
  • two primary sources

What is a primary source?

A primary source is original data or evidence that answers your historical questions, as opposed to another scholar’s interpretation of that same data. Typical primary sources are documents produced by witnesses to an event. Here are some examples:

  • Autobiography, memoir, diary
  • Photograph, Artwork
  • Interview, Lecture
  • Original research

When defining primary sources, it can be helpful to distinguish the content of a work from its physical format.  An original handwritten letter from the 1700s is obviously a primary source, but if the same letter is reproduced this year in a printed collection of historical documents or an electronic database, it is still a primary source.