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.
Think about what kinds of primary sources might be related to your topic:
Nowadays even your ipod, blog or facebook can be primary sources, because they reflect the reality of the times, and of your life.
The following may refer you to good primary sources on your topic.
They can also help you identify relevant historical figures, authors, or keywords for searching library databases
Combine two kinds of keywords to find primary sources in the library catalogue: keywords for your topic & keywords for different kinds of primary source.
world war 1914 correspondence
national socialism documents
Primary source keywords:
If you are having trouble recognizing whether a book in the catalogue is a good primary source collection, ask yourself the following:
Title: "documentary history"
Subject Headings: Witchcraft--Europe--History--Sources
Page Length: 451 pages
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 2001
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