Find Primary Sources: Places to search for primary resources, and tips for searching.
Scientific Primary Sources: What scientific primary sources are, and where to find them.
Primary Source Collections: Links to online collections of digital primary source material.
Oral History: Information on using a person as a primary source, and conducting oral histories.
Social Media: Social Media can be a great primary source. This page mentions things to think about when considering social media as a source, and examples of how you can use social media as a source.
Primary sources are materials that provide first-hand accounts or information on a topic or event. They were created by someone who was present during an experience or time period of an occurrence and offer an inside view of a particular event.
A primary source reflects a time period or event, either extraordinary or every day, as it occurred. So, a primary source could have been recorded an hour ago in a research lab or in the year 1762. Primary sources also include reflections on or recollections of an event by a participant after the event has happened. Primary sources can be writings, media, images, documented experiments, or unfolding news events. They can also be oral statements, presentations, data, physical items, and performances.
Types of primary resources: