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How To Videos

Watch, read, and use the tutorials. Practice what you watch. Learn about anything relating to finding information.

Evaluating Information

Managing Your Citations


Interlibrary Loan and Placing a book on Hold

Primary Sources

A primary source provides direct or firsthand evidence about an event, object, person, or work of art. Primary sources include historical and legal documents, eyewitness accounts, results of experiments, statistical data, pieces of creative writing, audio and video recordings, speeches, and art objects. Interviews, surveys, fieldwork, empirical studies—research where an experiment was performed or a direct observation was made. The results of empirical studies are typically found in scholarly articles or papers delivered at conferences.