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HIST 257: Find Sources: Primary Sources

What are Primary Sources?

Historical research involves the use of primary and secondary sources.

primary source is a first-hand account, report or original data on or about an event. These sources are often created at or near the time of the event, by someone who experienced it. Examples may include:

  • Journals and diaries
  • Interviews/transcripts
  • Artwork (paintings, drawings, photographs, etc.)
  • Speeches
  • Letters and other correspondence
  • Newspapers
  • Data

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United Kingdom & North America

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