Primary sources provide firsthand evidence about an event, object, person, or creative work. Primary sources include
Primary sources may also include direct accounts documented in newspaper or magazine articles and written at the time of or soon after an event.
Your research topic determines where you should look for primary sources. Digital primary sources are typically available online through
Examples of such sources are
Consult your instructor on identifying primary sources that fit your research topic.
Secondary sources describe, discuss, interpret, comment upon, analyze, evaluate, summarize, and process primary sources. They often examine past events, provide biographical accounts, and/or assess someone else's original research. Secondary sources include
To find secondary sources, consult our library's
Contact a librarian for assistance finding secondary sources that support your research needs.
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