What is a primary source?
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A primary source is an original source that documents an event in time, a person or an idea.
Some examples of primary sources are:
- raw data
- original research (journal articles, books)
- diary entries, letters and other correspondence
- photographs, artifacts
- audio or video broadcasts (that catch events as they unfold) e.g. Real-estate film shot at Hatley Park c.1938 from DSpace@RRU
- eyewitness accounts or interviews
- legal documents, government documents, public records (e.g. birth certificates)
- records or other documents created by organizations