What are Primary Sources?
Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later. Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format. Yale University
http://www.princeton.edu/~refdesk/primary2.html PU shares what is a primary source
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/ National Archives
http://teachingamericanhistory.org Teaching American History
http://www.gilderlehrman.org Gilder Leherman
http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/PrimDocsHome.html Library of Congress
http://library.csusm.edu/subject_guides/history/online_primary.asp Cal State portal
http://free.ed.gov/keywords.cfm?keyword_id=701&res_feature_request=1 Federal Resource Portal
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/browse/manypasts/ History Matters
http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/documents/documents_p1.cfm Digital History
http://www.nps.gov/clba/historyculture/documents.htm National Park Service
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