Q. I need to find a Primary Source, what does that mean?
- Primary Source refers to original material created at the time an event happened - or a record of an event after the fact by someone who was actually there. In other words, a first-hand account.
- Primary sources can include diaries, journals, newspaper articles, memoirs, speeches, original research data and government documents - they can also be photographs, audio or video recordings, works of art and other objects.
- Secondary Source interprets or analyzes information from a primary source, for example, a book about a historical event written by someone who was not present, or an article analyzing census data.
To find Primary and Secondary Sources:
- Use the Library Catalog (SEARCH FOR BOOKS from the Library Homepage) to find books on your topic.
- Use databases (Databases by Subject or Databases by Title from the Library Homepage)
- Gale Virtual Reference Library or Salem Online (for historical sources)
- Statistical Abstract of the United States (for statistics and census data)
- Science Direct (for primary research).
- Keywords to try when searching for primary sources:
- "personal narratives"
- JCC Research Guides (LibGuides)
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