Answered By: Steve Runge Last Updated: Aug 18, 2017 Views: 130
What it is: A first-hand account. Remember, "first-hand" is about the proximity to what is being studied. As pointed out in Finding Primary Sources in the History Guide:
... a 1950's textbook discussing the Civil War and Reconstruction would not be a primary source about the Civil War. However, it could be a primary source regarding attitudes towards African Americans during the Civil Rights Era.
How to find it: Find a research guide relevant to your subject, and depending on your project, course, and academic field, look for tabs labeled:
- Primary Sources
- Primary Texts
- Government Documents