Primary sources are materials that offer original data about a particular time, place, or event. Primary source materials are usually written or created at the time an event occurs or during the time period that you are studying. Primary sources also include original creative works such as novels, plays, film and music. They reflect the culture and thought of an era or place.
Primary sources may also include materials that were created by a witness of a time period or event, but at a later date. Examples of these types of sources include autobigraphies and oral interviews.
Primary sources are materials that have not undergone any sort of interpretation or evaluation. Examples of primary resources include:
Diaries Novels Poems Plays Maps Travel Guides Postcards Music and Film
Newspaper articles Autobiographies Opinion Polls Statistics Artifacts Interviews
Correspondence Photographs Court records Wills Government records Speeches
When you search in the Kraemer Library Catalog and Prospector for primary source material look for terms such as the ones listed below within the subject headings that are listed in the item record.
For example you might search using the words Britain history sources or Britain history women sources
Look for relevant subject headings that contain words like: