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Primary sources are the objects of study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of objects created by other people.
The definition of a primary source changes dependent on your field of study, application, and interpretation of the source. This library guide provides guidance on finding common examples of primary sources in the library.
|Art||Original artwork||Article critiquing the work|
|Engineering||Experimental data||Journal article analyzing data|
|History||World War II personal narrative||Book analyzing military strategies of WWII|
|Literature||Shakespeare's Hamlet||Critique and analysis of characters in Hamlet|
|Science||Data reporting oceans' temperature||Analysis of oceans' changes over 20 years|
|Theater||DVD of a performance||Review of the performance|
|Psychology||Notes about a client with autism||Book about autism|