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What Are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are documents or objects created by participants or witnesses at the time of an event.

Examples of primary sources:  diaries, interviews, autobiographies, government documents, speeches, photographs, and artifacts, such as pottery.

Need help citing primary sources in Chicago Style?  Watch these video tutorials!

Online Sources for Primary Documents

Search for Primary Documents Online

In Google, search for "primary sources" and your topic.


You could also try  "primary documents" or "digital collection" or "digital library" in addition to "primary sources".

Library Catalog: Find Books with Primary Documents

How to Search the Library Catalog for Books with Primary Documents

Type in   "primary sources"   and   your topic.  For example:

       primary sources egypt