This guide will help you identify and locate primary sources, both in the library and on the Internet. It is intended as a starting point and not as a comprehensive list of tools.
Here are several ways in which primary sources are important in academic research:
- They can give you first-hand insight into historical events and periods
- In literary studies, they can give context to an author's work
- In the sciences, they provide access to original research, including data and experimental results