Answered By: Layla Burroughs
Last Updated: Feb 17, 2024     Views: 478

What is the difference between primary and secondary sources?


Primary Source Definition

A primary source is a firsthand account from participants or observers of an event or period of time.

Primary sources include:

  • Original research
  • Personal experience reports
  • Recorded interviews

Secondary Source Definition

A secondary source is a description, analysis or recounting of a primary source.

Secondary sources include:

  • Research reviews
  • Coverage of someone else's experience
  • Interpretations of interviews

Go to the History guide for examples of historical primary and secondary sources.