Together, primary and secondary sources make up the key element of quality historical research.
Source: ALA's Reference and User Service Association
Primary materials need to be carefully read and interpreted. Some questions to ask include:
For more explanation on how to use and interpret primary sources see:
Here are a few links to tutorials and other pages help you get the most out of these Primary Source repositories.
Thanks to technology, libraries, archives, and museums around the country are digitizing their collections—making it possible to view thousands of primary source collections formerly restricted in access. Here are a few worth exploring...