Primary Source - Materials from the time of the person or event being researched. (Letters, diaries artifacts, photographs, and other types of first-hand accounts and records, as well as reminiscences and oral histories. Stories from newspapers of the time may also be primary sources.)
Secondary Source - Materials that were created at a later time. They analyze and interpret primary sources; footnotes or bibliographies can lead to primary sources.
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Secondary sources will help you understand the background and context of your topic. They can also have footnotes and bibliographies that can lead you to primary sources.
How to find secondary sources:
Be sure to find out the basic background about your topic before you start looking for primary sources. Helpful things to know are: