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Primary Sources

A primary source is usually a record made at the time of an event by participants or by firsthand observers. Examples include books and other materials from the time period, newspaper or magazine accounts from the time period, government materials from the time period. Because historians cite their primary sources, look at their bibliographies to locate sources for your own research.

Primary Sources: Books and Other Materials

Primary Sources: Newspapers and Magazines

Primary Sources: Government Materials

See also this guide to British government documents.