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Ethel K Smith Library

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Primary Sources

Sources that are original based on the research provided. This includes: original written works, poems, diaries, court records, interviews, surveys, original research as well as research published in a scholarly or academic journal.

Sources used to organize and locate secondary sources. This includes Indexes: an alphabetical list of where to locate information typically found at the end of a book.


Located at the beginning of an article that outlines what the article or paper will cover, it summarizes the primary or secondary source. Finally, Databases: typically an online resource that includes an abstract for each primary or secondary

Finding and Evaluating Primary Sources