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Primary Sources: Home

Finding and making use of primary sources

What You Can Find Here

This guide will help you find primary documents in the following areas:

 

History:

 

Scientific Research

Types of Sources

When doing research, sources are categorized in three types:

Primary sources:

Primary sources are firsthand accounts of events or periods of time, as well as original research and data.

Examples: diaries, photographs, scientific research

Secondary sources:

Secondary sources are interpretations, discussions,and analysis of primary sources. They are used to gain a broader understanding of the subject.

Examples: articles, magazines

Tertiary sources: 

Tertiary sources analyze, synthesize, and report on secondary sources. They are often written for a general audience.

Examples: textbooks, encyclopedias, Wikipedia

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