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Last Updated: Jun 30, 2020     Views: 128

Primary sources are original materials created during the time period being studied, such as: 

  • correspondence, speeches, diaries 

  • newspaper and magazine articles 

  • government documents, documents produced by organizations 

  • art, photographs, images, advertisements, movies 


They can also be produced later by eyewitnesses or participants, as in: 

  • memoirs 

  • oral histories 


You can find primary sources in many places, including the books in our library catalog, our Special Collections & Archivesour history databases, and our historical newspaper collections.


Secondary sources interpret or analyzes an event based on primary literature, such as: 

  • books (reference, scholarly, or popular) 

  • journal articles


Tertiary sources distil the content of primary and secondary sources, such as: 

  • textbooks 

  • encyclopedia articles 

  • guidebooks or handbook


For more help, ask a librarian.


updated 6/29/2020 kas

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