What is a primary source?
That depends on your topic, and how you are studying it. In general:
For example, if you are writing about a novel, the novel is a primary source, and an article critiquing the novel is a secondary source to help you construct your own interpretation of the novel. If you are writing about the critical reception of a novel, that article critiquing the novel is a primary source.
A very brief and far from comprehensive list of examples of primary sources:
Be creative in thinking of possible primary sources, to find or to create yourself, for your research.
Some sources of primary sources:
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> Books that compile and reprint primary sources - Some books are, or at least contain, a collection of reproductions of primary source materials on a topic. These are usually tagged with a subject heading you can use to find them
Here are some common subject headings used in library catalogs for books that reproduce primary source materials:
On the library home page, use OneSearch to search for Wesleyan Books or CTW Books, and include one of the above subject tags in your search. If you use OneSearch's "Advanced Search" mode, you can specify to find those terms in a subject field