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Primary sources are the original, first-hand accounts of a subject or event. They can include letters, diaries, manuscripts, autobiographies, interviews, opinions, surveys, investigations, court testimony and depositions, government documents, and more.
Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format.
For a more detailed explanation on how to locate and use primary sources, read this guide, Primary Sources on the Web: Finding, Evaluating, Using
OSU Libraries has several ways of accessing primary sources online. These are only a few.
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