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Before you try to find primary sources for a topic, it's important to know what exactly a primary source is. Many students get mixed up about primary and secondary sources, so let's quickly go over the difference.
A primary source is something made or written during the time you're studying. The person who made it or wrote it was there and saw it happen, giving you a firsthand look at a specific event.
Types of primary sources include:
A secondary source is like a storyteller or a reporter who wasn't there when something happened but heard about it from someone else. They share information and opinions based on what others have said or written.