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Examples of Primary Sources
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What is a Primary Source?
Primary sources provide 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 the event occured, but recorded memories -- such as autobiographies, memories, and oral histories -- are also considered primary sources.
For more examples see What are Primary Sources (Yale University)
ARTstor is a digital image library with more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences; provides access to high-resolution digital images from museums, libraries, and archives. It is excellent for finding primary sources that offer different perspectives on historical events. In this database you will find images of paintings, photographs, sculptures, drawings, architecture, textiles, and much more!
Do a subject search using the subject headings below to find primary sources in the Peninsula Library System Catalog.
- personal narratives
- oral history
Find historical first editions of books on U.S. and World history using Google Books Advanced Search.
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