Primary sources provide firsthand, direct evidence about events, artifacts, works of art, documents, activities, and people.
In the humanities and social sciences, primary sources include
In the natural sciences primary sources include
Before you search for primary sources, think about what kinds may have been produced in the time period you are studying that would be relevant to your topic, and what people or organizations might have produced these sources.
Examples of primary sources
The Jessup library does not have original primary sources, but we do have reproductions. Some examples:
Memoirs and Letters of Dolly Madison, Wife of James Madison, President of the United States. (E342.1 .M18 1971)
An Army Doctor on the Western Frontier: Journals and Letters of John Vance Lauderdale, 1864-1890 (https://ezproxy.vccs.edu/ezproxy-bin/eauth.plx?eblib1656961)
Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States of America, Bill of Rights and Constitutional Amendments. (KF4502 .D43 2010)
If you need help finding primary sources at the library, email us.
There are many websites that contain digitized primary sources. Below is a selection.