A primary source is a piece of information by a witness, participant, or contemporary of an event, experiment, or time period under study.
The University Library maintains a Primary Source webpage with information about finding and using primary sources.
What is a Secondary Source?
A secondary source interprets and anlyzes primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes, or graphics of primary sources in them. Some types of secondary sources include:
Textbooks, magazine articles, histories, criticisms, commentaries, encyclopedias
Examples of secondary sources include: