You might be asked to use primary sources for your paper. What is a primary source? The answer is, it depends on the context and discipline in which it is being used.. In science and some social science disciplines, papers with empirical research are referred to as primary sources. Some common primary sources for political science students are:
Just like there's no single definition of "primary source," there isn't one way to search for them. Some tips:
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows for individuals to request that specific federal classified documents be made fully or partially available. FOIA requests and disclosures are great resources for understanding the the operations of government. Below are some sites that collect FOIA materials. Information transparency laws at the state level differ state by state.
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