Answered By: Debra Flewelling
Last Updated: Jul 29, 2015     Views: 100

Primary sources refer to first-hand accounts of a period or an event that the author directly experienced or observed. Secondary sources on the other hand, are generally based on primary source material and involve analysis of this material. Examples of primary sources are letters, diaries, correspondence, newspaper articles (written at the time), interviews, government documents, autobiographies, memoirs, speeches, videos and photographs.

Our 'Primary Sources in History' Guide is a great resource for Canadian historical sources. Also see the Medieval Sourcebook for Medieval European primary source texts. 

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