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GEOG 320: Asian Cities

A Library Research Guide


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Primary Sources & Data

Primary sources can be found in many different places, most commonly in libraries, archives, museums, and in the case of digitized primary sources, online databases.  A primary source is a first-hand or contemporary account of an event or topic.
Examples of Primary Sources

  • letters
  • diaries
  • minutes
  • photographs
  • artifacts
  • interviews
  • sound and video recordings
  • oral histories
  • newspaper articles
  • journal articles
  • research studies
  • memoirs
  • autobiographies

Primary sources may be transformed from their original format into a newer one, such as when materials are published or digitized, but the contents are still primary. There are many primary sources available online today, but many more are still available in their original format, in archives, museums, libraries, historical sites, and elsewhere.

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