Primary sources are original written or physical items created in the time period being studied. Historians use primary sources as the evidence about the past from which they build their historical scholarship. The book or article written by the historian is the secondary source which has been based on analysis of primary sources.
Examples of Primary Sources are:
Learn more about Primary Sources in the library databases in our guide.
The links below are a sampling, and by no means exhaustive list, of online resources which provide access to primary source documents.