Primary and secondary sources

Click on the source type for each type of information given.

Type of information

Criteria for decision making

Is this primary source information?

Was it

  • collected or created at the time of the event?
  • witnessed first-hand, in person, by an observer or participant?
  • based on observation of the event?

Is this secondary source information?

Was it

  • created after the event by someone not present?
  • based on an analysis or interpretation of the event?
  • created at a distance in space or time from the event?