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What is “primary source material”? Explain why knowing how to identify and use primary source materials is important for academic reading and writing.
Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. [ Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occurring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later.
source: primary sources at Yale ]
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