... First hand observations of a time, person or event, or material culture associated with a time, person or event.
newspaper and magazine articles .. diaries .. letters .. government reports .. minutes .. advertisements .. photographs .. military, church, synagogue records .. shopping lists .. Twitter tweets .. YouTube videos and comments .. Facebook posts
Here's an example
This toothpaste ad appeared in Collier's magazine in 1943. "How to catch a husband" by Bob Hope. Step 1: "Of course, you know what a husband is! That's a bank account with pants and an empty stomach ..."
Primary sources are essential to scholars because of the “in-the-moment” information they provide. When examining a primary source, ask yourself the following questions:
This quick search targets records describing primary documents. Give it a try.
Here's an example using poverty AND laws