Need to do research for an essay? Primary sources can be a great way to learn more about a historical event.
Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons (www.ala.org).
The Google News archive is a good place to find primary sources. Check out this short 3 minute video to see how easy it is. REMEMBER! You should aways use caution when using the internet for research. Review this advice from the Reference and User Services Association on evaluating primary source web sites.
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