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WHAT IS A PRIMARY SOURCE?

Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence.  Examples include:

  • diaries or correspondence
  • autobiographies and oral histories
  • photographs and illustrations
  • newspaper articles reporting an event
  • manuscripts
  • pamphlets, broadsides, or other ephemera
  • census data

Secondary sources gather, interpret, and analyze primary sources.  Examples include:

  • A history textbook
  • An encyclopedia article on immigration
  • A scholarly article on healthcare reform
  • A magazine articlethat usess census data to describe neighborhoods in San Francisco
  • A newspapers articles synthesizing information about school funding in California
 

EXAMPLES OF PRIMARY SOURCES

PHOTOGRAPHS

Sleepy Lagoon Defendents.1944.  UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library   Calisphere.

NEWSPAPERS

Davies, Lawrence E.  "Seek Basic Causes of Zoot Suit Fray." New York Times (1923-Current file): 21. Jun 11 1943. ProQuest. Web. 11 Sep. 2013 .

 

PRIMARY SOURCES: DATABASES

 

PRIMARY SOURCES: DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

Primary sources on California history from the University of California
Primary sources on U.S. history from the Library of Congress
Primary sources on U.S. History from the National Archives
Primary sources on U.S. History from libraries, archives, and museums around the country.  From Digital Public Library of America
 

PRIMARY SOURCES: BOOKS

Library Catalog:  try searching these terms in the Library Catalog

Sources           Personal narratives          Oral History
Diaries Correspondence Autobiography
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Autobiography As Activism: : three Black women of the Sixties - Margo V. Perkins
Call Number: Main Stacks PS366.A35 P37 2000
Publication Date: 2000

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Things They Cannot Say - Kevin Sites
Call Number: Main Stacks - E181 .S537 2013

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Bodies of Evidence - Nan Alamilla Boyd & Horacio N. Roque Ramirez eds.
Call Number: Main Stacks HQ76.3.U5 B63 2012
Publication Date: 2012

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Ask and Tell: gay and lesbian veterans speak out - Steve Estes
Call Number: Main Stacks UB418.G38 E77 2007
Publication Date: 2007

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