- A primary source is an original object or document, first-hand information.
- Primary source is material written or produced in the time period that you may be investigating.
- Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period.
- A secondary source is something written about a primary source.
- Secondary sources are written "after the fact" - that is, at a later date.
- Usually the author of a secondary source will have studied the primary sources of an historical period or event and will then interpret the "evidence" found in these sources.
- You can think of secondary sources as second-hand information.
- Distillation and collection of primary and secondary sources.
- Includes most types of references.