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What is a primary source and how is it different from a secondary source?
Primary sources are original records created at the time a historical event occurred or afterwards in the form of memoirs or oral histories. Primary sources are often referred to as "first hand" accounts and are frequently used by historians as evidence to build interpretations of the past.
Primary sources may include any of the following: letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspaper articles, speeches, interviews, photographs, memoirs, maps, video or sound recordings, government documents and reports.
There are, however, many other types of primary sources and these can be as far reaching as lyrics from a song written at the time of an event or a book which includes an interview with someone who witnessed an event fifty years earlier.