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Primary Sources

Learn what primary sources are and where and how to find some for your research!

What Are Primary Sources?

Primary sources include first-hand accounts, data, artwork, and other raw materials that you as a researcher can analyze. Exact definitions of what comprises a primary source may change from one discipline to another. Some examples include diaries, op-ed pieces, statistics, government or legal documents, music manuscripts, correspondence, historical newspaper articles, speeches, audio recordings, and interviews.

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