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Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later. Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format. (Definition from Primary Sources at Yale, (http://www.yale.edu/collections_collaborative/primarysources/primarysources.html)

Terms that you can add to a search: diary, speeches, oral history, interviews, radio broadcasts, transcripts.

Recommended Resources for Primary Source Documents

Other Sources for Primary Source Documents

Look for:  Images, statistics, government reports, newspapers, political cartoons.

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