Where to find sources on the civil rights era

Martin Luther King Memorial
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Primary Sources

Modern Social Movements - Modern History Sourcebook

Fordham University provides a list of links to online primary sources from the modern era.

Civil Rights - American National Archives

A massive collection of resources from American history.

Documents - National Museum of Australia

Primary source documents, including letters, newspaper articles, government reports, archival records and cabinet submissions from the Australian Civil Rights movement.

Trove Newspapers Online

A collection of Australian newspapers from the past.

Online King Records Access (OKRA)

This searchable database gives you access to thousands of King documents through the year 1968.

The British Parthé News Footage Archive

Find real primary source film footage of major historical events from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database has information on almost 36,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The database and the separate estimates interface offer researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.

Runaway Slaves Database

The Runaway Slaves in Eighteenth-Century Britain project has created a searchable database of well over eight hundred newspaper advertisements placed by masters and owners seeking the capture and return of enslaved and bound people who had escaped.

Enslaved Database

Explore or reconstruct the lives of individuals who were enslaved, owned slaves, or participated in the historical trade.

Secondary Sources

Collaborating for Indigenous Rights

This website explores the campaigns waged in post-war Australia to overturn discriminatory laws and expose racism.


An online academic database used by universities worldwide that is a superb resource for History students. To view full articles, you will require membership.

Modern History Flipboard Magazine

A collection of online articles and news reports about Modern History.

Please Note: Some internet browsers do not handle the Flipboard website well, and it is sometimes better to have the Flipboard App to view the magazine.

Google Scholar

This searches internet sites for academic articles and books. It often only provides one or two pages, but it is often enough to find quotes and bibliographical details.

JURN Search Engine

Search millions of free academic articles, chapters, and theses.