Answered By: Daniel Dylla
Last Updated: Feb 29, 2016     Views: 153

A primary source is an original document "created or experienced contemporaneously with the event being researched." Interviews, reports, speeches, tweets, blogs, or diary entries are good examples of primary sources.

A secondary source analyzes and interprets information presented elsewhere. Most books in our library are secondary sources. Those books might contain references to primary sources inside them.

You may also consider a site like the Digital Public Library of America to look for primary sources. Be careful -- primary sources are sometimes difficult to understand without context. That context is usually provided by secondary sources.

 

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