Primary sources 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 .. Facebook posts
Here's an example
This Pepsodent 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:
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.