Primary vs. Secondary Research
What is a Primary Document?
Here are some examples:
- News segments
Why should I use Primary Documents?
How do I tell if it is a Primary Document?
How can I tell if it is a primary source?
The following characteristics can help you differentiate primary sources from those that are not.
- How does the author know what he/she knows?
- Does his/her knowledge stem from personal experience or having witnessed an event?
- Does the author cite several other (published) reports?
- Why is the information being provided or the article written?
- Are there references to other writings on this topic?
- Is the date of publication evident?
- Does the date of publication close to the event described?
From this link.
Where do I find Primary documents?
What are some tips for getting the documents I need?
2. At the Advanced Search, pair your keyword with some of them common words found in subject headings for primary sources. These include:
* personal narratives
3. If you want to impose any limits on your search, such as location or language, choose them in the options box. Then click Submit.
4. Browse your results and click on titles which sound relevant or useful to your topic.
How to search for primary documents on Google?
To find primary documents on the web, try the following internet search
topic + “primary source”.