What is a Primary Source?
In this video, I want to look at the definition and value of primary source materials.
So, what is a primary source?
Primary sources are items created during a specific time period that document that time period in some way. They can include eyewitness accounts, experiment results, statistical data, original pieces of creative writing, original artwork, and legal documents.
Types of Primary Sources
There are many different types of primary sources and these can include:
What is the Value of Primary Sources?
So, I’ve defined primary sources and listed some examples. But what exactly is the value of using primary sources?
Well, primary sources, or primary evidence, are the foundation of historical research. They are what excite and compel historians to pursue their craft and are the material from which historians formulate questions.
When do you use Primary Sources?
These are all examples of when you might need to use primary sources.