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Finding Primary Sources: What is a Primary Source?

Guide to locating primary resources

What is a Primary Source?

Primary sources are usually defined as first hand information or data that is generated by witnesses or participants in past events. Primary sources are characterized not by their format but rather by the information they convey and their relationship to the research question. The interpretation and evaluation of these sources becomes the basis for other research. 

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