Use this section and its resources to learn about the definition of "Primary Resource," why archives have them, how to use them, how to find them, and how to analyze them.
Primary Resources: objects which provide first-hand accounts or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation
Finding Archives and Libraries with primary resources
Online Access to Primary Resources
Once primary resources are located, apply document analysis skills to deduce meaning.
"Document analysis is a key skill in historical interpretation. It is not a mere summary or description of what happened, but rather an analysis of the motivation, intent and purpose of a document within a particular historical context." [source]