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GU-Q INAF-100-73: Proseminar - History and Popular Culture

What are Primary Sources?

A primary source provides direct or firsthand evidence about an event, object, person, or work of art.

Primary sources include:

  • historical and legal documents
  • eyewitness accounts (Newspaper articles sometimes are in this category)
  • pieces of creative writing
  • audio and video recordings
  • speeches
  • interviews (if the interviewee experienced the event as an eyewitness)
  • correspondence
  • diaries
  • letters

Finding and Identifying Secondary & Primary Sources

Let's take a look at the following book: The Holocaust : a new history

HoyaSearch has useful tools to help you find primary sources.

In the red square are subject headings. Look out for words like Sources, Diaries, Personal narratives, InterviewsLetters or Documents.