Welcome to the home of Oxford First Source

A primary source database.


This unique collection of primary source documents, expertly edited by Thomas Slopnick of Central Connecticut State University, Jonathan S. Perry of University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, and Peter Sheehy represents a broad cross-section of voices from across the globe and across time. Covering a wide variety of political, economic, social, and cultural topics, each document includes an introduction contextualizing the selection and review questions highlighting the source’s key themes.

Companion Textbooks

Backman: Cultures of the West 2/e
Presents students with the fundamental questions and developments that have shaped the Greater West

Oakes: Of the People
People, Places, and Power—The Story of American Democracy

Schaller: American Horizons
The only U.S. History Survey Text to present U.S. History within a global context

Von Sivers, Desnoyers, and Stow, Patterns of World History
Simplifying the study of world history without oversimplifying the study of the world

Morillo: Frameworks of World History
A concise, genuinely global world history built around an analytical model that makes historical method explicit—and inviting

Cole/Ortega, The Thinking Past: Questions and Problems in World History to 1750
Uses both primary sources and the latest research to engage students in active classroom discussion and debate