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Primary Source Research

What are primary sources and how can I find them?

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Citing Primary Sources

What are Primary Sources?

Primary Sources, as opposed to secondary sources, are those sources which are written in the first-person during the time period in which the event or person existed.  

Examples of such sources are: diaries, oral histories, and interviews. 

These items can usually be found in a book, magazine, newspaper, or in an archive collection, such as in a museum or a library's archives and special collections department.

 Secondary Sources exist to relay a narrative about a specific event, person or issue originally documented in a primary source. 

Formats you may need to access to obtain your primary source:

Magazine/Journal indexes

Newspaper indexes or articles 

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This guide is maintained by Jennifer McKay.