Primary Sources: Original documents, evidence, first-hand accounts, created or experienced contemporaneously with the topic being researched.
Examples: letters, diaries, student organization records, scrapbooks, photographs, maps, land records, blueprints, Greek organization records, course bulletins & catalogs, artifacts, residence hall records, oral histories, films, audio recordings, newsletters, yearbooks, and newspaper articles written during the time being researched.
Secondary Sources: Works that are not based on direct observation of or evidence directly associated with the topic being researched. Instead, they rely on primary sources for information. They typically analyze and interpret primary sources.
Examples: books, journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, biographies.
Here are some questions to keep in mind when analyzing primary sources: