A primary source is "first-hand" information, sources as close as possible to the origin of the information or idea under study. Primary sources are contrasted with secondary sources, works that provide analysis, commentary, or criticism on the primary source. In literary studies, primary sources are often creative works, including poems, stories, novels, and so on. In historical studies, primary sources include written works, recordings, or other source of information from people who were participants or direct witnesses to the events in question. Examples of commonly used primary sources include government documents, memoirs, personal correspondence, oral histories, and contemporary newspaper accounts.
Held in the Young Research Library and the Biomedical Library, UCLA Library Special Collections collects materials in the following areas: Los Angeles History and Culture; History of Medicine and the Sciences; Global Histories and Cultures; Performing Arts (Music, Film and Television, Theater, Dance).
Many large public, university, and national libraries also share their digitized primary sources with the public. Try looking in the following digital library collections.