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DEFINTION: Primary sources are original sources created at the time
an event occurs and are directly associated with their
producer (or user). They serve as the raw materials researchers use
to analyze and interpret the past.
This is just a sampling of what can be considered a primary source.
Tips for Finding Primary Sources
1. When doing a keyword search in the UCF Catalog, include
terms that describe primary sources such as: personal narratives,
diaries, letters, correspondence, maps, pictorial works, memoirs. Even
adding the term "sources" to your search can help limit your results to
Example: American Revolution and personal narratives
Example: women and civil war and diaries
Example: frontier life and sources
2. Do an author search using the name of a person who was instrumental in the event/time period being researched.
Example: Franklin, Benjamin
Example: Mao, Zedong
Example: Roosevelt, Eleanor
3. On the advanced search screen, limit the date range for when the material was published to the dates an event took place.
Example: Spanish American War and limit dates to after 1897 and before 1900
Example: French Revolution and limit dates to after 1788 and before 1800