Welcome to the Guide for Primary Sources in African Studies.
Please get in touch with Melissa Hackman, the African Studies Librarian, if you need help finding and accessing primary source resources related to Africa.
A primary source is typically defined as a source created by people who actually saw or participated in an event and recorded that event or their reactions to it immediately after the event. In contrast, secondary source is a source created by someone either not present when the event took place or removed by time from the event. Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to the truth of what actually happened during an historical event or time period. Primary sources are the evidence left behind by participants or observers. Examples of primary sources include: