Q. What are primary sources, and how can I find them?
Primary or first-person sources are items originating from a person who experienced an event first-hand. Examples include correspondence, photographs, maps, newspapers, legal documents, video recordings of theater performances, audio recordings, and data sets.
A key to recognizing the differences between primary and secondary sources is taking note of the presence of analysis or criticism-- the absence of these means you're likely looking at a primary source item. Primary source research means you "bring your analysis" to the item.
For more information about primary source research visit our guide to finding primary sources and contact the department at firstname.lastname@example.org, (310) 243-3895, or on the 5th floor south wing of the library.