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Primary and Secondary Sources: Identifying Primary and Secondary Sources

Definitions

Primary Sources 
  • provide a first-hand account of events

Secondary Sources 

  • provide analysis, explanation or interpretation

 

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Examples

Examples of Primary Sources  Examples of Secondary Sources
  • diaries
  • letters
  • speeches
  • interviews
  • reports of original research
  • newspaper articles
  • surveys
  • statistics
  • family records
  • autobiographies
  • court records
  • public documents
  • laws
  • treaties
  • poems
  • paintings
  • music scores
  • films
  • encyclopedias
  • textbooks
  • books and articles that interpret research
  • book reviews and criticism
  • film reviews and criticism
  • art reviews and criticism

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