Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Using Primary Sources, a new and wide-ranging open access e-textbook from Liverpool University Press, the University of Liverpool Library and the Department of History at the University of Liverpool is now available via

The e-textbook showcases digitised archival material together with guides from leading experts that will enable students to use and interpret primary sources for their field of study.  Funded by JISC as part of its ‘The Institution as E-Textbook Publisher’ project, Using Primary Sources responds to the question ‘will the institution as e-textbook creator help students by providing a more affordable higher education, and promote a better, more sustainable information environment for libraries, students and faculty?’

Covering major themes within the medieval, early modern and modern periods, such as religion, ideas, conflict and class, this unique open access resource provides students with the opportunity to examine rare and original material including letters, photographs, legal documents, pamphlets, diaries and audio recordings. Accessible via computer, tablet or phone, Using Primary Sources will also demonstrate how students can integrate the source material into their own written work.

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Please contact Alison Welsby (awelsby[at] for further details.

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