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What the Heck is a Primary Source?

February 5, 2010

I used to think the answer to this question was simple – a primary source is something written or created during the actual time of something being studied by someone with direct knowledge of the events. Turns out that is not really the best definition partly because it depends more on how something is used rather than how it was created that makes it a primary source. Rather than try to explain this myself, I’ll leave it up to Yale University.

All About Primary Sources


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