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History: Primary Sources

Primary Sources

Primary Sources in history are slightly different than in any other field. Researcher in history often use a combination of primary and secondary sources.

This page features:

  • A video explaining the differences between primary and secondary sources in the discipline of History
  • Links to places to find primary source material both through ECU Libraries and externally

Primary v. Secondary Sources

Manuscripts and Rare Books

Visit ECU's Manuscripts & Rare Books Department to find primary sources, maps, and more!

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Primary Source Documents