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Topic: What is a Primary Source? — What is NOT a primary source?

Primary sources are NOT...

  • Books written after a historical event by someone who was not involved in the event.
  • An interview with someone who has an opinion or is knowledgeable about a historical event, even if that person is an expert or a historian on the event. 
  • Wikipedia entries. While these entries are a great source to find out the basics of the topic of your study, they are not Primary Sources.