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What is a Primary Source?

Primary sources are the raw materials of history. A primary source can be:

  • Artwork and sketches
  • Business records
  • Diaries or journals
  • Email or text messages
  • Letters
  • Manuscripts of novels or poems
  • Maps
  • Newspapers written at the time of the event
  • Oral history, videotaped or telephone interviews
  • Photographs
  • Speeches

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Research Tips

  • To search for an exact word or phrase use quote marks "search". For example "

    William the Conqueror"

  • To exclude a word or site or address add a dash (-) before. For example jaguar speed -car  
    (car is excluded from the search).
  • To search within a specified site or domain. For example, to find all mentions of "william the conqueror" on the ABC website search: william the conqueror
  • To find pages that link to a certain pages. For example find all government sites using "au"-  search: 
    human rights
  • Truncating symbols:
    • Use asterisk * to search both plural and single form of word e.g. work* finds work, works.
    • Use question mark ? to substitute letter for multiple spellings e.g. organi?ation finds organization, organisation

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Primary Sources - Trove

Trove is an online search engine developed by the National Library of Australia.


A Trove search includes:

  • Books, Journals, Magazines, Articles
  • Pictures and Photos
  • Australian Newspapers (1803–1954)
  • Music, Sound and Video
  • Maps
  • Archived Websites (1996–now)
  • Diaries, Letters, Archives
  • About People and Organisations.



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