What are Primary Sources?
These are sources which are first -hand accounts or evidence. They are original materials, often used as the starting point for further studies and research. First-hand sources are the best way to get close to a person, period or event.
Sometimes published material will be considered a primary source if it was written at the time and by someone with first-hand experience of the event.
It is important to bear in mind that whilst contemporaneous, first-hand accounts are likely to be written from one person’s perspective. They need not necessarily be just written: primary sources can include pictures and artefacts. In the world of science, primary sources include original thinking, reports on new information or publications detailing a discovery.