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HIST 306 02 The First World War: Primary sources

Dr. Andrew Nolan


What is a primary source?

Primary sources were created during the time period being studied or at a later date by a participant in the events being studied, as in the case of memoirs or autobiographies. They reflect the individual experience or viewpoint of a participant or observer. Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what happened during a historical event or time period. They have not undergone any evaluation or interpretation.

Examples of Primary sources include: Audio/Video recordings, Autobiographies, Correspondence, Diaries, Letters, Maps, Newspaper articles, Pamphlets, Photographs, Speeches, ...

Using Primary Sources - ALA