Primary sources are documents, images, recordings, or any other physical objects created during the time period being researched. They are essential to the study of history because they allow a researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during a historical event or time period.
In the field of History, primary sources include (but are not limited to):
Secondary sources are created by someone who did not personally experience first-hand or participate in the events or conditions being researched. Instead secondary sources interpret and analyzes primary sources.
Some common types of secondary sources in the field of History are: