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Local History at Clermont

Your UC Clermont home for local history info and research.

Resources for Primary Sources

Depending on the topic, primary sources can be found virtually anywhere -- inside books, via the internet, or even within our own social circles.  This page contains many suggested library and non-library tools to help you locate primary sources. 

What is a Primary Source?

Primary sources contain first-hand accounts of events or are contemporaneous to a particular happening.  As opposed to secondary sources, which tell readers about a thing, primary sources directly represent the thing itself.  When it comes to historical research, examples of primary sources can include the following:

  • Photographs/images
  • Letters, diaries, or other correspondence 
  • Government documents or legislation
  • Audio or video recordings
  • Artifacts
  • Interviews or other first-hand accounts
  • Contemporaneous writings, including news
  • Contemporaneous literature
  • Art objects

In terms of scientific research, primary sources may include things like:

  • Raw data
  • Scientific papers, reports, or conference proceedings that represent original research
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