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If your class assignment requires the use of primary sources, make sure you understand what kinds of primary sources the professor expects you to use, and if published versions or reproductions are ok to use if you don’t have access to original primary sources on your topic.
What is a primary source?
Primary sources are original documents, images, artifacts, or data that provide direct evidence about people, places, events,or phenomena. Primary sources offer first-hand descriptions, eyewitness accounts, or direct evidence of a given subject. They provide valuable information that scholars interpret when they write secondary sources such books and articles. Specific examples of primary sources can vary among different disciplines. In the Humanities and Social Sciences, primary sources tend to be documents such as letters or reports. In the Sciences, primary sources tend to be data such as the results of an experiment.
Primary Source Examples by Discipline
Records of organizations (annual reports, meeting minutes)
Video from studies of human behavior
Data from psychological observations and experiments
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