Primary vs. Secondary Sources

A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created at the time.
A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. These sources are at least one step removed from the event. This means, someone created them while looking back at the event.

How to look for primary sources?

  • Look for items that were published, written, or produced at the time of the event.
  • Look for items made by eyewitnesses, like diaries, letters, and artwork

How to look for secondary sources?

  • Look for books or newspaper articles written about events AFTER they happened.
  • Look for videos or films about events AFTER they happened.
  • Look for paintings and other artwork created about events from the past.

Go on to HOMEWORK

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