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What is primary literature?
Definition: The first level of information in an area of scholarly inquiry.  The actual documents vary by discipline.  In the hard sciences, primary literature refers to reports on original research; in philosophy, it refers to the original works of philosophers; in literature, it refers to the texts of literary authors; in history, manuscript materials (such as diaries) are included; in the social sciences, it refers to data from questionnaires, polls, and surveys, as well as statistical data (such as census materials).
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Each major field has specific indexes or databases that you can use to find information. Some of these indexes are electronic so you can search them on computer.  But some are in paper format only.  Books can be found using your library catalog, which is most likely on computer as well.  Ask a librarian for help in locating and using these tools.
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