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EDST 1001 at CECH

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Resources for Primary Sources

Depending on the topic, primary sources can be found inside books, via the internet, or even from your own social circles.  Below are suggested library and non-library tools to help 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

The prior description of primary sources was authored by UC Clermont College Library

General Primary Source Collections

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