Introduction to Primary Sources
A primary source is an original work. It represents original thinking, reports on discoveries or events, or shares new information. Usually it represents the first formal appearance of original research or creative work. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later. Primary sources are characterized by their content, rather than the format. They can be available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format.