When looking for sources for a history paper, it is important to know the difference between primary and secondary sources.
A primary source is an item created by someone who lived during the historical event or time period that you are studying.
Primary sources can include:
- government documents
- court transcripts
- marriage/birth/death certificates
Unsure about how to go about finding primary sources? Check out our handy guide: How To Find Primary Sources For History
A secondary source is an item created by someone who did not live during the time period that you are studying. A good secondary sources uses primary sources to interpret and analyse a particular event or time period.
Secondary sources can include: