A primary source is original material, recorded in various formats, during the time of the event or person which you are researching. Primary sources can also be recorded after the events, such as an autobiography.
Many materials are considered primary sources, for example:
Primary sources are available in many formats.
The formats in which primary sources can be found will continue to evolve with the changes in modern technology.
Primary source materials may contain language or images that are considered to be offensive in today's world.
These materials are a reflection of the language and culture of the time period in which they were written.