Any kind of Empirical (Observed) Data:
Case Studies, Studies, Surveys
Written observations of an event/class/reaction/etc.
An original object or document
First hand account or information
Primary Sources are the evidence of history, original records or objects created by participants or observers at the time historical events occurred or even well after the events, as in memoirs and oral histories.
Examples of Primary Sources:
Documents produced by Government Agencies
Audio or video recordings
Objects or artifacts (Works of art, buildings tools, blueprints, weapons, tools, etc.)
A Source that was written about primary sources at a later date (after the event)
Examples of Secondary Sources:
A Biography (a written account of another person's life)
Reference Books (Encyclopedias, etc.)
Articles in newspapers based on past events
Books or articles found that evaluate or criticize someone else's original research
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