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Begin Research: Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Sources
The information you find and use along the cycle of research can also be broken down into three types of sources: primary, secondary and tertiary. Is there enough information on your topic? If not, review the earlier steps for starting your research. It’s normal to refine and revise your topic multiple times.
Toggle each heading below to reveal more information about primary sources.
Original documents created or experienced contemporaneously with the event being researched
First-hand observations, contemporary accounts of event, viewpoints of the time