Primary sources include documents or artifacts created by a witness to or participant in an event. They can be firsthand testimony or evidence created during the time period that you are studying.
Primary sources may include diaries, letters, interviews, oral histories, photographs, newspaper articles, government documents, poems, novels, plays, and music. The collection and analysis of primary sources is central to historical research.
- Find Books provides information for locating primary sources via WorldCat and/or UW Libraries Search (beta)
- The Primary Sources tab provides links to selected websites that include primary source materials. It is very important to remember that this is not all the primary sources that are available.