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Primary Sources: How to Search

Researching Primary Sources

Your Professor may ask you to write a paper which is based on research using primary sources. What are primary sources?

From the Library of Congress website:

"Primary sources are the raw materials of history original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience.

Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past."

What Counts as a Primary Source?


►Financial records
►Oral histories
►Government documents

►Books written 
by the person being studied all are examples of primary sources.

What are not primary sources?

From UC San Diego

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