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WHAT ARE PRIMARY SOURCES? Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period. A primary source reflects the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer. Undergraduates are sometimes allowed to use a broader definition of primary sources, which may include some of the types of materials listed below. If in doubt, ask your instructor. Diaries, journals, speeches, interviews, letters, memos, manuscripts and other papers in which individuals describe events in which they were participants or observers. Memoirs and autobiographies . These may be less reliable than diaries or letters since they are usually written long after events occurred and may be distorted by bias, dimming memory or the revised perspective that may come with hindsight. On the other hand, they are sometimes the only source for certain information. Records of or information collected by government agencies . Many kinds of records (births, deaths, marriages; permits and licences issued; census data; etc.) document conditions in the society.
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course HISTORY 10 taught by Professor Marcrichards during the Spring '08 term at Western Washington.

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