Answered By: Erin Hvizdak
Last Updated: Jun 07, 2016     Views: 23

The definition of 'primary source' depends on the discipline. In the sciences, primary sources are documents that provide a full description of original research such as a journal article describing research findings on plant enzymes. In humanities and social science disciplines, primary sources are information sources produced at the time of an event or topic, for example a newspaper article from 1943 about a WWII battle, or a diary written by an explorer of the Arctic. See the LibGuide on Primary Sources for more information http://libguides.libraries.wsu.edu/primary.

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