A primary source is generally:
A secondary source, on the other hand:
Whether a source is primary or secondary depends on the context of your research question. Sometimes what we might think of as a secondary source becomes a primary source, depending on how you are using it.
The UM Library catalog – search here for books, films, music, manuscripts, diaries, musical scores, journal titles, etc. The Askwith Media Library (videos and DVDs) collections are included within Mirlyn.
When searching Mirlyn for primary sources, some suggested keywords to add to your search:
Also remember newspapers in print and on microfilm, in addition to electronically; print and microfilm allows you to look at advertisements of the time. For more Mirlyn search tips, see "Search Tips" tab.