Primary sources are materials that provide first-hand accounts or evidence of an event or condition being studied. They are often created by eyewitnesses or chroniclers at a particular time, or they may include memoirs or oral histories recorded later. Typical primary sources include letters, speeches, diaries, newspaper articles, oral history interviews, photographs, archives, and artifacts.
Secondary sources discuss or relate information originally presented elsewhere. Scholarly books and articles tend to be secondary sources.
Living History Museums
Census Data and Statistics
Libraries, Museums, and Related Gateways
Historic Textbooks and Related Materials
WSU students can use local libraries by getting an ARC card at WSU Library's Circulation Desk.