Answered By: Stephanie Riley
Last Updated: Jan 05, 2015     Views: 22

Primary sources are defined according to the discipline:

Historical/Cultural Meaning  

Scientific/Medical Meaning

"a source of information, such as document, recording, or artifact, that has a direct connection to a person from a period of time. Examples of primary documents are correspondence, diaries, memoirs or oral interviews" Can also include works of art and literature.  "Conference papers, dissertations, interviews, laboratory notebooks, patents, a study reported in a journal article, a survey reported in a journal article, and technical reports."
Source of definition: Primary Sources Guide Source of definition: University of Albany