What is a Primary Resource?
A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event.
Examples of Government Documents Primary Resources include:
- Congressional hearings
- Government reports
- Government documents
Best Database for Government Document Primary Sources
Full text of the American State Papers, Serial Set (House and Senate Reports and Documents), Congressional Record and older congressional digests, legislative information (hearings, bills, and laws), Congressional Research Service reports and Executive Documents, 1789-1931.
Other Databases for Government Document Primary Sources
Full text of primary sources covering significant events of each year, 1972-present.
Full text of previously classified U.S. government documents; ca. 1905-present.
Full text of U.S. government translations of foreign broadcasts, publications, and government statements.