A primary source provides a first-hand account of events, practices, or conditions of the period you are researching.
In general, a primary document is one that was created by the witnesses or first recorders of the event at about the time it occurred. The primary document has not been interpreted, filtered, condensed or evaluated by anyone else.
Examples of Primary Sources
Some examples of primary sources include:
- eyewitness accounts
- creative works
- financial records
- historical and legal documents
- statistical data
- journal/magazine articles
- newspaper articles
- television/radio broadcasts
- audio/video recordings
Note that primary sources can vary by discipline.
Secondary and Tertiary Sources
Most research requires the use of all three types of sources. Learn more about:
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