A primary source records or documents events as seen or experienced directly by witnesses or persons involved in those events.
For more detailed explanations with examples:
More at the Primary Sources Guide from your librarians
Primary Source Databases subscribed to by the K Library
Primary Sources in the Kalamazoo College Library
Use these search terms in OneSearch to locate primary sources (search by subject and keyword)
Digital Public Library of America
The DPLA contains metadata records—information describing an item—for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Each record links to the original object on the content provider’s website.
A large-scale collaborative repository of digital content from resarch libraries including content digitized via the Google Books Project.
Internet ArchiveInternet Archive : Moving Image Archive
A digital library of books, movies, music. It offers permanent storage and access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, music, moving images, and nearly 3 million public domain books. Created to offer permanent access for researchers and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Eurodocs: History of France
Links connect to European primary historical documents that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated.
World Digital Library
an international digital library operated by UNESCO and the United States Library of Congress.