Answered By: Library Services Desk
Last Updated: May 11, 2017     Views: 83


Primary sources come from the original time period of an event or work being studied, and they have not been filtered through interpretation or evaluation. Primary sources are original materials on which other research is based.

They are usually the first formal appearance of references to that event or work in physical, print, or electronic format. They present original thinking, report a discovery, or share new information.

Note: The definition of a primary source may vary depending upon the discipline or context.


A general guide to primary sources is available here

Guides on this page are arranged by subject and many of them have a section devoted to finding and using primary sources. 


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