Primary sources are documents or artifacts that provide firsthand testimony or direct evidence about an event, person, or place. Primary sources can be written documents, maps, photographs, audio or visual media, physical objects - almost anything!
Primary sources are important because they are the original source of our knowledge about someone or something.
PRIMARY sources are original materials, created in the period being considered. They are usually just the document, information or artifact, without external evaluation or commentary.
Examples of primary sources include:
SECONDARY sources are removed one or more steps from the original item, time or creator. They offer interpretation or commentary on the historical event and they include a layer of analysis made by a second party.
Examples of secondary sources include:
Please note that Primary and Secondary classifications are NOT the same as Popular and Scholarly!