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Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Guide to library resources in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Primary Sources

Primary source [definition]

"In scholarship, a document or record containing firsthand information or original data on a topic, used in preparing a derivative work. Primary sources include original manuscripts, periodical articles reporting original research or thought, diaries, memoirs, letters, journals, photographs, drawings, posters, film footage, sheet music, songs, interviews, government documents, public records, eyewitness accounts, newspaper clippings, etc."

Source: ODLIS: Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science

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