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English as a Second Language

Print and electronic resources for ESL students

What is a Primary Source?

A primary source is a document or artifact created during an experience or time period. They include original documents, creative works, and artifacts. Examples include:
  • Diaries and literary memoirs
  • Letters/ Correspondence
  • Artistic works (musical and visual arts)
  • News segments/transcripts
  • Speeches
  • Interviews
  • Editorials
  • Legal documents and Statistics

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