What are Primary Sources?
Primary sources are original documents and objects which were created at the time being studied. They provide direct or firsthand evidence about an event or period of time.
Examples would be eyewitness accounts, diary entries, documents, speeches, recordings, art objects, artifacts used at the time.
What are Secondary Sources?
Secondary sources are any source about an event or period of time that was produced at a later time. They discuss, analyze and interpret primary sources.
Examples would be textbooks, history books, commentaries.
What are Tertiary Sources?
Tertiary sources are those used to organize and locate secondary and primary sources.
Examples would be indexes, abstracts, databases.
What are Scholarly Sources?