Answered By: Stephanie C Gillespie
Last Updated: Mar 20, 2017     Views: 1625

A contemporary source is similar to a primary source, in that, it is from the same time.

Contemporary sources refer to reviews or criticism of a literary work (ex. poem, play, novel) that were written around the same time that the work was published. Contemporary sources reveal whether a work was immediately successful (ex. Harry Potter) or ahead of its time (ex. A Jury of Her Peers).

You can find contemporary sources in newspapers, such as the New York Times (how to create a NYT account for full access).