Primary sources provide a first-hand testimony or direct evidence on a subject. They are created by someone who experienced the period or event first-hand. Because they are eye-witness accounts, many primary sources are created at the time of the event occurred.
Examples of primary sources include:
Use special keywords when searching for primary sources, such as:
Here's an example of how you can use the keywords to search for primary sources on your topic using the library's catalog:
Secondary sources are interpretations and analysis based on primary sources.
For example, an autobiography is a primary source while a biography is a secondary source.
Examples of secondary sources include:
Note: A book is a format. You can find primary and secondary sources published in book form.