A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event.
Some types of primary sources include:
A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes, or graphics of primary sources in them.
Some types of secondary sources include:
You will often be asked to research your topic using primary sources, but secondary sources will tell you which primary sources you should use and will help you interpret those primary sources. To use them well, however, you need to think critically about them and evaluate them.
|The Tempest by William Shakespeare||
An article that analyzes the motif of the 'savage other' in The Tempest
|The Diary of Anne Frank||
A book about the Holocaust
|The Declaration of Independence||
A biography of Thomas Jefferson
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An article titled