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History: Historical Sources

Mae'r dudalen hon hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg

Historical Sources

On this page we have highlighted some links to useful websites and resources for accessing source material.  These include official publications, parliamentary debates (Hansard), letters, photographs, posters, pamphlets, video and audio clips.  Note that the highlighted resources below are a selection - click on the Subject Resources tab to see a fuller listing.

About Primary Sources

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A primary source provides direct evidence about the period that is being studied.  Examples of primary sources are:

  • letters
  • speeches
  • diary / journal entries
  • photographs
  • manuscripts
  • memos
  • newspaper articles

Usually the source will have been created during the period that is being studied. However primary sources can also include first hand accounts that were recorded or created later such as: 

  • autobiographies
  • oral histories
  • memoirs

Primary Source resources and websites

Official Publications

This guide gives details of publications of the British government, Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales you can access online or in the Library and Information Centre.