Primary sources provide firsthand accounts or direct evidence to the event, person, object or place. These sources are created by participants or witnesses of the event at the time it occurred or their experiences recorded later in the form of an autobiography, memoir or oral history. Many primary sources are available through government organizations and departments.
Secondary sources, however, provide a more critical analysis of an event, person or object that often interpret primary sources and refer to secondary sources created by other authors to help formulate a less personal account.
"Finding Books" tab will help you discover primary sources, i.e. firsthand accounts of people directly involved in or who had witnessed an event. In addition, tabs for journal articles, newspaper articles, research reports, statistics, and websites, provide many firsthand or authoritative information. This page identifies digital collections that contain primary source materials and types of primary sources (listed on right side).
LC Subject Headings
Search Terms to help identify Primary Sources
- law and legislation
- personal narratives
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