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What is a primary source?

Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons. These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research.
"Using Primary Sources on the Web." Using Primary Sources on the Web. ALA (American Library Association). Web. 19 Apr. 2015.


Valid Websites


"Harvard University Library Open Collection Program - Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics"

A list of primary sources relating to epidemics in America.

A database compiled by the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) containing articles relating to infectious diseases and epidemics.


How to find primary sources on the web:


Web Resources



Use this rubric as a guideline for evaluating websites before you include the information in your project. 


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