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World Civilization I - HIST101 - Primary Sources

Primary sources available in the library or on the Internet relevant to World Civilizations up to about 1500

Resources in Library Catalog

eBooks on this list are only available to RVCC students, faculty, and staff and require a login with your G# and password.

Africa and the West : a documentary history from the slave trade to independence

This book presents a range of hard-to-find primary source documents on Africa from the slave trade that started in the early part of the fifteenth century to independence and the problems of the post-colonial period.

Resources in Library Databases

Off campus, these resources are available only to RVCC students, staff, and faculty and require a login with your G# and password.

Ancient & Medieval History Online

Perform a keyword search, then select Primary Sources from the tabbed results.

Primary sources

To browse, select Primary Sources and then Ancient and Medieval Africa: 5000 BCE-1500 CE or Ancient Egypt 5000 BCE-650 CE.

Primary Sources       Egypt and Africa


The Artstor Digital Library provides access to 2.5+ million images of the world’s cultural heritage, all rights-cleared for use in education. Perform an advanced search to narrow by time period or geographical location.

Resources on the Internet

Cyark: World Heritage Sites - Explore 3-D images of 200 sites on all seven continents. Cyark was founded in 2003 to digitally record, archive and share the world's most significant cultural heritage and ensure that these places continue to inspire wonder and curiosity for decades to come. Narrow by country or theme using the dropdown menus, or use the date range sliders to choose a beginning and/or ending date.

The Digital Library of Inscriptions and Calligraphies: Ancient Egyptian Inscriptions - From the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, this collection of artifacts bearing inscriptions includes translations and historical period information.

Internet Africa History Sourcebook - A project of Fordham University, this page brings together links to primary sources from all over the Internet.

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Egypt - A project of Fordham University, this page brings together links to primary sources from all over the Internet.

Virtual Egyptian Museum - The California Institute of World Archeology hosts this digitized collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts complete with descriptions. Browse by type, period, god, or material.

World Digital Library: Middle East and North Africa: 8000 BCE-499 CEMiddle East and North Africa: 500-1499Africa: 8000 BCE-499 CE and Africa: 500-1499 - View texts and artifacts along with a brief description of the item. Some sources are from later in history but are about something from this time period. Browse by time period or search from the home page.