Examples include an original object or document of first-hand information such as a photograph, a diary, a letter, sound recording, speech, or interview.
It also includes magazine and newspaper articles written during the time period. Journal articles which show original research (a study) are primary.
Examples include history textbooks, encyclopedias, books such as biographies, and newspaper and magazine articles written after the time period. Journal articles which synthesize information and analyze an existing topic are secondary.
Primary research is when you go out and collect data or information from the observations, surveys, interviews, and/or experiments . What this means is that you are out in the word (or a controlled laboratory environment, depending on your research) creating original information.
Types of projects that benefit from primary research include:
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