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About primary sources for humanities 

Primary sources are first-hand accounts of an historical event or topic, created by people who were present at the time or event. Primary sources are considered authoritative and examples include:

  • Diaries
  • Government records
  • Interviews
  • Letters
  • Manuscripts
  • Objects
  • Oral histories
  • Photographs
  • Speeches
  • Creative works of art

Using this guide

Our guide is designed to help you:

  • Find primary sources
  • Understand the purpose of primary sources
  • Apply advanced searching strategies

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