The definition of a primary source depends upon the discipline and on how one is using the source.
Usually, a primary source is a direct, first-hand account of an event. It is usually something that was created at the time of an event, or shortly thereafter. It's a first-person account of an event. Examples include:
A secondary source would be something that interprets, analyses, or remarks upon a primary source. Examples include:
A tertiary source is further removed from a primary source. It leads the researcher to a secondary source, rather than to the primary source.
To find primary source material for your topic, try adding one of the keywords below:
While primary sources can be found throughout this libguide in places like books, newspaper articles, images and streaming video, and recommended websites, just to name a few, the following databases may be useful to you in identifying primary sources for your assignments:
HINT! To cite these primary sources in NoodleTools: Where is it? Website | What is it? Historical Work in an Archive | URL is stable