BUAD 301-Danielsen: Primary Sources
What are Primary Sources
Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a historical topic.
Primary materials are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring. However, primary sources can also include materials recreated later such as autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories.
Primary sources are characterized by their content and are available in different formats, such as
diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, first-hand accounts, speeches made at the time, interviews, correspondence
From magazines and newspapers written at the time of the event.
- Recordings (both audio and visual)
Recorded at the time of the event or later by witnesses
- Photographs (taken at the time of the event)
Primary vs Secondary sources
Primary vs Secondary Sources
|Art and Architecture||Painting by Manet||Article critiquing art piece||ArtStor database|
|Chemistry/Life Sciences||Einstein's diary||Monograph on Einstein's life||Dictionary on Theory of Relativity|
|Engineering/Physical Sciences||Patent||NTIS database||Manual on using invention|
|Humanities||Letters by Martin Luther King||Web site on King's writings||Encyclopedia on Civil Rights Movement|
|Social Sciences||Notes taken by clinical psychologist||Magazine article about the psychological condition||Textbook on clinical psychology|
|Performing Arts||Movie filmed in 1942||Biography of the director||Guide to the movie
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