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ENGL 102 - English Composition II - Schmidt

Examples of Types of Primary Sources

Original Research Published in Scholarly Journals

In an EBSCO or Proquest database, limit your search to scholarly/peer-reviewed journals, and make sure that your article has a "method" section.

It is also possible to limit your search to "Primary Source Documents" in some databases.

See below for what an original research article looks like:

Primary Sources for Historical Topics

Below are some examples of primary source types that work particularly well with historical topics. Remember that all of these would be *from the time period being studied*:

  • Diaries and journals
  • Letters and memos
  • Oral History
  • Film
  • Speeches and interviews
  • Government documents such as laws, court cases, legislative proceedings, etc.
  • Newspapers, pamphlets, advertisements
  • Autobiography and memoir
  • Photographs
  • Art and literary works
  • Maps
  • Songs & Music