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What is a Primary Source?
From Yale University
"Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later. Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format."
Video produced by the University of California, San Diego's Social Sciences & Humanities Library.
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Examples of primary sources include:
- Capitivity Narratives
- Court proceedings
- Government records
- Oral Histories
- Personal Narratives