The key to determining whether a source is primary or secondary is the amount of time between the events recorded in the document and the time the document was created. Primary sources are generally created at the same time or shortly after an event occurs; secondary sources are created later.
Examples of Primary Sources by Discipline
|English, History, Literature, Social Sciences, Psychology, Liberal Arts||autobigraphies, diaries, legal and government documents, radio and television broadcasts, manuscripts, photographs, ship's logs, letters, meeting minutes, newspaper and magazine articles of the time|
||research notes, journal articles on new advances
The UM Library catalog – search here for books, films, music, manuscripts, diaries, musical scores, journal titles, autobiographies, 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.