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Last Updated: Nov 20, 2017
What is a Primary Source?
According to the Princeton University Library, a primary source is a "document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study." They go on to provide clarity to the primary source question:
- ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS (excerpts or translations acceptable): Diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records
- CREATIVE WORKS: Poetry, drama, novels, music, art
- RELICS OR ARTIFACTS: Pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings
Examples of primary sources include:
- Diary of Anne Frank - Experiences of a Jewish family during WWII
- The Constitution of Canada - Canadian History
- A journal article reporting NEW research or findings
- Weavings and pottery - Native American history
- Plato's Republic - Women in Ancient Greece
Find out how a primary source differs from a secondary source by visiting their web page.
American History database. Factual/historical entries, journal articles, images, and primary source documents abound.
Comprehensive and detailed collection of Civil War battles. Scroll down to find specific battle names.
- Opinions and Editorials
Newspaper editorials and opinion pieces regarding the entire Civil War experience.
- Documents and Letters
A lengthy and detailed list of options from the American Civil War Homepage. Scroll down and explore links.
- Civil War Index
Index of countless Civil War resources and primary documents.
Detailed collection of casualties and primary documents of the damage done during battles.
- American History
"From Revolution to Reconstruction and beyond" is the motto. Click on the "Documents" tab.
- Battles and Campaigns
Deep insights to primary documents on different battles and campaigns. Provided by the American Civil War Homepage.