are materials that provide a historical record for the way life was in the past or how a particular event or movement came to be and unfolded.
Such sources include first-hand accounts such as those found in diaries, memoirs, letters and newspaper articles. Video and audio recordings of events also provide historical record. Other important sources are records of government proceedings.
include books, textbooks, encyclopedias and articles that analyze the data presented by primary sources. The Boston College Libraries own many works authored by eminent scholars in the field of Irish and Irish-American History.