Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later.
Source: Primary Sources at Yale
More information: Primary Sources 101 (guide for History 091 course)
There are many strategies for finding interesting primary source documents to use in your research. Here are a few tips for getting started.
Regardless of whether you know what you'd like to study, print and online reference works can give you the basic historical context for your topic, and enable you to identify key participants, dates, events, and concepts.
A few notes on language and doing research for this course: