Answered By: Carlos Fernandez Last Updated: Jun 17, 2016 Views: 86
Primary Sources include:
- Original materials that provide direct evidence or first-hand testimony concerning a topic or event.
- Contemporary sources created at the time when the event occurred (e.g., letters and newspaper articles--as long as the writer is a first-hand witness) or later (e.g., memoirs and oral history interviews).
- Primary sources may be published or unpublished. Unpublished sources are unique materials (e.g., family papers) often referred to as archives and manuscripts.
- Primary sources vary by discipline. How the researcher uses the source generally determines whether it is a primary source or not.
View our LibGuide that explains primary sources in more detail and provides access to many primary source repositories.
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