"Fight the Flu!" 1918 Poster from Nanaimo. BC Archives Accession I-61504
A primary source is a first-hand account of an event that is created during the time that event took place; they can also be created retrospectively at a later date by a participant in those events. They are original documents and usually don’t describe or analyze other documents. They can also be creative works.
How are they used?
Thoroughly read the document and take notes. Make note of anything that strikes you as important, odd, and/or exciting.
Ask yourself questions about the document:
Just because a document is considered a primary source does not mean that it is an accurate or truthful account of a particular event. In order to get a sense of what actually happened in the past do the following:
All sources, including primary sources, need to be cited in your work. Here's a guide to citing primary sources: https://libguides.unbc.ca/citing_archives/documents
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