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Assignment | Bill Tracking Project (Ross): Primary Sources

Spring 2019 | GOVT 2306 | Professor Ross

Primary Sources

Primary sources may include newspaper articles written on an event as it was happening.  Sometimes an eye-witness is recounting an event on the legislative floor or the vote on a bill is being published. The text of laws, bills, statutes, and court opinions are primary sources. Government websites will contain laws, statutes, and court opinions.

Primary sources give us direct glimpses into how people thought and felt at the time. To learn more about primary sources, click on the Primary Sources link appearing at the top right of this page.

Examples of primary sources:

  • Diaries, letters, manuscripts, autobiographies 
  • Speeches
  • Photographs, drawings, and other creative works
  • Sound recordings
  • News footage and newspaper articles from the period
  • Artifacts like clothing and furniture
  • Original research reports and lab notes
  • Laws, statutes, and court opinions