A primary source is first-hand information (for example, a personal account of the civil rights movement).
A secondary source is one that examines information based on primary sources (for example, a book that compiles and analyzes the experiences of people who lived through the civil rights movement).
To learn more about the difference between primary sources and secondary sources try the following link.
"Donnell Library. Lady reading in lobby." by New York Public Library is licensed under CC CC0 1.0
Many primary sources are available online. Please see the following lists for primary source repositories that cover world, American, regional, and local history.
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