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What is a primary source?

A primary source is an original document relating to a particular subject, experiment, time period, or event. Autobiographies, journals, and diaries are considered primary sources. Original manuscripts and contemporary records, such as newspaper articles and firsthand accounts from the period, are primary sources. Creative works - music, art, literature - are also primary sources. Primary sources provide the raw information or data which scholars use in their research.

Find Primary Sources

The Library owns many primary source materials, some online, others in the general or special collections. Use Blais when you know the title of a specific resource and want to know if it's available in the Library’s collections. You can visit the Claremont Colleges Digital Library and Special Collections online. Visit Special Collections in Honnold/Mudd Library in person for the best assistance with those collections.

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Last updated: 6/13/2012 5:00:46 PM