Accessing and Using Primary Sources

Interpretation and analysis of primary sources is a core defining practice for historians.  The Primary Sources Research Guide is both a brief tutorial on primary sources in the humanities and a guide to how to search for and use the materials.

Each of these Research Guides has a Primary Sources page which includes the resources which are most relevant to the particular area.

Examples of Primary and Secondary Sources

Examples of Primary Sources

Examples of Secondary Sources

Original research articles published in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals

Scholarly articles which critique original research articles
Diaries Review articles from scholarly journals
Correspondence, including Letters Book or movie reviews
Interviews Dictionaries (can also be a tertiary source)
Personal narratives Directories (can also be a tertiary source)
Memoirs Encyclopedias (can also be a tertiary source)
Autobiographies Textbooks (can also be a tertiary source)
Speeches Newspaper articles (can also be a primary source)

Quick Links To Popular Primary Sources