Newspapers can serve as useful primary sources for historical research.
They reflect the time period in which they were created, and provide a glimpe into society at the time.
Though some local newspapers are available digitally or on microfilm, many others are available only in their own local regions.
Keep in mind, newspapers can be BOTH primary or secondary sources depending on the purpose of the article and how it was written. If it is a factual account, recording the events as they happened, it is a primary source. If the article is interpreted or has opinion interjected, it is considered a secondary source.
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