Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
What are Primary Sources?
Primary Sources are documents, contextual items created at the time of study, photographs, manuscripts, diaries, letters, autobiography, recording, artwork, newspapers, and/or artifacts which provide firsthand testimony or experience. Primary sources enable researchers to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period. To touch the past.
Examples can include:
- archives and manuscript material
- photographs, audio recordings, video recordings, films
- journals, letters and diaries
- published books, newspapers and magazine clippings published at the time
- government publications
- oral histories
- records of organizations
- autobiographies and memoirs
- printed ephemera
- original artwork
- artifacts, i.e. clothing, ships, instruments, tools, china, household items, furniture
- research data, i.e. public opinion polls
Check out the below websites to connect with history.
What are Secondary Sources?
A secondary sources is a work that interprets or analyzes an historical event or period after the even occurred and, generally speaking, with the use of primary sources. Allows the historian to investigate the period through sources written after the event occurred.
- Biographical works
- Reference books, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, and atlases
- Articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers written after the fact
- History books and other popular or scholarly books
- Works of criticism and interpretation
- Commentaries and treatises
- Indexes and abstracts
JSCC Writing Center
Need someone to review your paper? Toss around ideas? Assist in organization? The main campus Writing Center in Jackson is in the Library Building, on the first floor, facing the Quad. At the Humboldt, Lexington, and Savannah campuses, the Writing Center is located inside the Learning Resource Center.
Check the JSCC Writing Center's web page on plagiarism and contact them if you have further questions. Better to err on the safe side.
Book a Librarian
Schedule a Research appointment to meet with a Librarian through the Library web page
Setting up Word
Videos and written out instructions on setting up your paper to write in Chicago and Turabian including Footnotes, Endnotes, Bibliography
Citing Primary Sources in Chicago/Turabian and MLA
The Library of Congress has put together a detailed presentation of citing primary documents and sources.