Answered By: Liz Svoboda Last Updated: Oct 23, 2018 Views: 2523
Primary sources are documents, physical objects, and data that were created by a person experiencing an event or conducting an experiment. They are often created while the event is occurring or shortly afterwards.
Some examples of primary sources are
- diaries and letters
- academic articles reporting NEW data and findings, that is, reporting original research
- works of literature (poems, novels, plays, etc.)
- works of fine art (paintings, sculpture, pottery, music etc.)
- official records from a government, judicial court, or company
- oral histories
- fictional films and documentaries
Newspaper articles that report on a recent event can be primary sources, but articles that rehash previous events are not primary sources, unless they add new information to the story.
For more information see our guides:
Identifying Information Sources: http://libguides.umflint.edu/idinfosources/primarysecondary
Primary Sources for Historical Research: http://libguides.umflint.edu/primarysources