A primary source provides direct, first-hand evidence of an event, an object, or a person. Primary sources provide facts about an event or time period. Examples of primary sources include autobiographies, letters, memories, diaries, speeches, court decisions, eyewitness accounts, and official government records.
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A secondary source is an analysis, evaluation, or interpretation of an event or time period. They interpret or analyze the primary source material. Examples of secondary sources include books and articles that give analysis or commentary.
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