Dr. Kevin M. Hurley Middle School
Primary Source Documents
Using Primary Source Documents

What is a primary source?
A primary source is a document that was created at the same time that an event occurred by an eyewitness or a participant in that event.  It could be a photograph of the event, a diary entry by one of the participants, a letter between the participants, a newspaper article written at the time of the event.   This is in comparison to a secondary source, which would not have been created at the time of the event and usually contains some sort of analysis.

Primary Source Resources
If you Google, your keyword search should contain the phrase "primary source" and the event that you are seeking to find information about.

These websites contain a variety of primary source documents:

American Primary Source Documents

American Library Association website with links to various primary source websites

European Primary Source Documents