A primary source is a document, image, artifact, or dataset that provides first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning the object of research.
Why should I use primary sources?
You should use this type of source to provide evidence for your thesis or the basis of your interpretation on a topic.
What are some examples of primary sources?
Primary sources may include, but are not limited to, artwork, correspondence, diaries, interviews, literary texts, material artifacts, newspapers, speeches, statistics, and videos.
What kinds of primary sources can I find on this page?
This page contains primary source databases that are organized by topics. You can find primary source databases organized by region on the "Primary Sources by Region" page. If you would like to find print primary sources, see the "Print Primary Sources" page.