... are 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
When examining a primary source, ask yourself the following questions:
Here's a document to test using these questions: Coffee-houses vindicated in answer to the late published character of a coffee-house
Available in Early English Books Online.
1. This search targets catalogue records describing primary sources. Give it a try.
Here's an example using poverty AND laws
2. The Research & journal databases page has a Special content types drop down menu. Select the third choice, "Primary Sources" to pull up database offerings.