What are Primary Sources? Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to the truth of what actually happened during an historical event or time period. Primary source is a term used in a number of disciplines to describe source material that is closest to the person, information, period, or idea being studied. A primary source (also called original source) is a document, recording, artifact, or other source of information that was created at the time under study, usually by a source with direct personal knowledge of the events being described. It serves as an original source of information about the topic.
- Materials that contain direct evidence, first-hand testimony, or an eyewitness account of a topic or event under investigation
- Primary sources provide the raw data for your research
- Use primary data to solve research problems
- Examples: scholarly books and articles