Answered By: Teresa Berry
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017     Views: 62

A primary source is original material from a time period or event that does not contain any interpretation or analysis by later authors. Common primary source materials include speeches, letters, diaries, or images, but can also include social commentary such as newspaper or magazine articles from the time period of the original event.

The guide below offers helpful suggestions on how and where to search for primary source materials. As a starting point, explore the tabs labeled “In Books & Videos” and “Historical Newspapers.”