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French Language, Literature, and Culture

A guide to French language, literature and culture resources in UVic Libraries

What is a Primary Source?

From Wikipedia

In the study of history as an academic discipline, a primary source (also called original source or evidence) is an artifact, a document, diary, manuscriptautobiography, a recording, or any other source of information that was created at the time under study. It serves as an original source of information about the topic. Similar definitions can be used in library science, and other areas of scholarship, although different fields have somewhat different definitions. In journalism, a primary source can be a person with direct knowledge of a situation, or a document written by such a person.

MLA: “Primary Source.” Wikipedia, 28 Mar. 2018. Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Primary_source&oldid=832968888.
APA: Primary source. (2018, March 28). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Primary_source&oldid=832968888
Chicago: “Primary Source.” 2018. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Primary_source&oldid=832968888.

Selected Primary Sources

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