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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
- 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
US Major Dailies
US Major Dailies provides access to The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune. The content is available by 8am each day and provides archives stretching as far back as 1985.