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Academic and Professional Communications: Primary sources

Academic & Professional Communications

Primary sources


A primary source provides a first hand account of a topic. Primary sources provide the original materials on which other research is based, and enable students and other researchers to get as close as possible to what happened during a particular event or experience. They are original materials which have not been filtered or changed through interpretation, condensation or even evaluation by a second party.


See How to Find: Primary Sources to learn how to search for primary sources.

Finding Indigenous primary sources

Google can be a useful tool for locating Indigenous primary sources. Try including the keyword Indigenous or Aboriginal in your search then add site:au to restrict to Australian websites. For example:


  • Indigenous reconciliation stories site:au
  • Indigenous youth video site:au
  • Indigenous history art site:au
  • Aboriginal music site:au