What Are Primary Sources?

Primary sources provide a first hand account of historical events.  They are written by someone who was a direct observer of the event.

http://memory.loc.gov/learn/lessons/psources/source.html

 

What Are Secondary Sources?

Secondary sources are works that interpret historical events.  They are at least one step removed from the event in question.   Secondary sources may include books, bibliographies, newspaper or journal articles.

Types of Primary Sources

Analysing Primary Sources

http://www.edteck.com/dbq/more/analyzing.htm

 

Why Are Primary Sources Important?

http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/workshops/civilrights1/primary_sources.htm

 

Where Can You Find Primary Sources?

 

What Is An Archives?

http://www.archivists.org/archivesmonth/2007WhatIsAnArchives.pdf


Finding Primary Sources at Boston University Libraries:

BU Library Catalog

Subscription Databases:

BU Library Research Guide: Primary Sources

http://www.bu.edu/library/guides/primarysources.html

 

Finding Primary Sources on the Web:

American Memory

http://memory.loc.gov/

Avalon Project

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp

Documenting the American South

http://docsouth.unc.edu/

Making of America

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moagrp/

Our Documents: 100 Milestone Documents

http://www.ourdocuments.gov/content.php?page=milestone

Picturing the Century

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/picturing_the_century/home.html