Q. What is a primary source?
A primary source is firsthand evidence about an even, person, place, etc. It is usually created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented; they are often created at the time when the events or conditions are occuring. Primary sources are free of outside analysis and hindsight. Using primary sources allows you to draw your own conclusions about events, and to see events as they were percieved when they were ocurring.
Primary sources are not restricted to certain formats-- any piece of information could be a primary source if it satisfies the qualities of the definition. Some possible formats primary source information could take are:
To contrast, a secondary source is different because it is an account or interpretation of an event created by someone without firsthand experience. Secondary sources describe, discuss, interpret, comment on, analyze, evaluate, and summarize primary sources. They are created after an event has ocurred.