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HIS3942: Labor in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

A Guide for Students in Dr. Steven Noll's History Practicum

 What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are the foundation of historical research. They are sources that provide first-hand or contemporary documentation of the time period, culture, events, people, and places you are researching.

Some examples of types of primary sources include:

  • Letters
  • Diaries
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Government Documents
  • Interviews
  • Photographs
  • Artwork
  • Sound recordings
  • Moving Images
  • Physical objects
Things to remember:
  • Format does not determine whether or not a source is a primary source. Documents that have been transcribed or digitized are still considered primary sources.
  • Whether or not a source is a primary source sometimes depends on context.
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