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Primary & Secondary Sources: Finding Primary Sources

This guide explains the differences between primary and secondary sources, including how to identify them, the different formats, and finding them.

Primary sources are often found in "archives", "special collections", "exhibits", "repositories", "records", and places labelled similarly. Just remember that they are original creative works, recorded at the time of the event, and/or first-hand evidence.

Film & Theater

Databases:

Online Collections:

English

Databases:

Online Collections:

Political Science

Government Web Directory

Laws, treaties, regulations, census data, etc. as primary sources should be acquired from the government department or a database, not from unofficial sites.

Databases:

Online Collection: