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A primary source is a document containing firsthand information or original data on a topic. Primary sources are usually created by individuals who experienced the event and recorded or wrote about it.
Examples of primary sources include:
Many museums, archives, historical centers, colleges, and universities with primary source collections have documents available online. Please see the "Websites for your assignment" tab for specific examples.
A secondary source is one that was created later by someone that did not experience firsthand or participate in the events in which the author is writing about. Secondary sources often summarize, interpret, analyze, or comment on information found in primary sources.
Examples of secondary sources include: