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English: Primary Sources

What is a Primary Source?

Primary sources are documents or materials that are created at or very close to the time that an event occur. They are the creator's thoughts or observations which have not been analyzed or interpreted by others.

In literature, a primary source might be a diary, letter, manuscript, journal, or an original text that you are analyzing. However, the definition of primary sources can be very broad, so you should check with your instructor if you have any questions.

Below are some of the words that you can use in Library Search to locate primary sources:

 sources  ~  autobiographies  ~  correspondence  ~  diaries  ~  journals  ~  manuscripts  ~  memoirs  ~  pamphlets ~  personal narratives  ~  speeches ~  addresses  ~  artefacts  ~  sermons  ~  broadsides 

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