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Political Science

Introduction to research in Political Science.

Primary Sources

A primary source is a document or object that was created at the time of the period under study. It is a first-hand account created by someone who experienced the event or time. 

Examples of primary sources: 

  • Letters 
  • Memoir 
  • Newspaper Articles 
  • Diary 
  • Recordings 
  • Oral History 
  • Survey Data 
  • Photographs

Where can you find primary sources?

Many primary sources have been made accessible online by archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies. Find primary sources in:

  • CSM's Library Databases
  • Other libraries and archives
  • Historical societies and museums

Check out the library Primary Sources guide linked below, or find links to American Government primary sources from the POL 1010 guide's Primary Sources page.

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