Sometimes you have to go straight to the source. That's why Infoplease has compiled some important books, poems, and documents for your reading pleasure. Discover firsthand some of the most famous texts in the world.
, "Primary sources are documents, images or artifacts that provide firsthand testimony or direct evidence concerning an historical topic under research investigation." For example, a Roman citizen's account of Rome during his lifetime would be a primary source. In literature, a primary source means the original text you're talking about. If you're talking about the Bible, your primary source is the Bible.
(For the curious, Infoplease is a tertiary source. Secondary sources are analyses of primary sources, like essays. Tertiary sources compile information from primary and secondary sources. Other tertiary sources include print encyclopedias and textbooks.)