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TUNI 101: Honors Education: Theory, Research, & Practice: Primary sources

Help for primary sources

Primary sources are original records or firsthand accounts. Designation as a primary source may depend on context, focus and perspective, and time of study.  Typically, a primary source is from the same time period as the subject studied.  If sources provide interpretation or analysis, they may be secondary sources.  Context is important for distinguishing between a primary or secondary source.

Find primary sources

Laws and legal

Actual statutes, bills, acts, resolutions, treaties, and laws are primary sources.

Books, reports, and documents

Look for firsthand accounts, reports from government and agencies, and other documents that publish original material. 

Interviews, letters, diaries, and speeches

Material from people in written, oral, or visual forms.  Firsthand accounts in other media may be primary sources. 

Media and creative works

News footage and video may document events and interviews at the time they occur. 

Period newspapers and magazines

Search the University Senate Web page

Example search: Bill No. 0506-05
Proposal to Establish a University-Wide Honors College ...