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Education (Research Resources): Primary Sources

Library Session Materials

What Are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are first-hand accounts, original manuscripts, records, or documents produced from the time period at hand. 

Some examples of primary sources include: 

  • Photographs or artwork
  • Maps
  • Letters
  • Personal narratives, memoirs, or diaries 
  • Interviews 
  • Speeches
  • Government documents
  • Historical records
  • Court cases

These may be available in their original form or they may be reproduced or reprinted in a book, digital repository, or other source.

Other LibGuides about Primary Sources

Teaching with Primary Sources

Websites with Primary Sources

Online Library Databases with Primary Sources