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BIS 300: Interdisciplinary Inquiry (Lambacher): Primary Sources

Course guide for BIS 300 section in fall 2022

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are artifacts created at the time of the event, issue or person you are studying. 

Some examples of primary sources include:

personal accounts (interviews, diaries, letters, etc.)

images (photographs, paintings, maps, etc.)


government documents

videos (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)

Social Media posts (Twitter, Instagram, etc.)

Primary sources are not "best" or "better" than others. They are primary because they allow *you* to analyze them and decide how they will contribute to your research - instead of using the analysis someone else has done. 

There are many other examples of primary sources, as well!

Images and Videos

Consult the Images Research Guide for more image resources! 

Government Documents & Information

News Articles