Primary Sources are documents, contextual items created at the time of study, photographs, manuscripts, diaries, letters, autobiography, recording, artwork, newspapers, and/or artifacts which provide firsthand testimony or experience. Primary sources enable researchers to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period. To touch the past.
Examples can include:
archives and manuscript material
photographs, audio recordings, video recordings, films
journals, letters and diaries
published books, newspapers and magazine clippings published at the time
records of organizations
autobiographies and memoirs
artifacts, i.e. clothing, ships, instruments, tools, china, household items, furniture
research data, i.e. public opinion polls
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What are Secondary Sources?
A secondary sources is a work that interprets or analyzes an historical event or period after the even occurred and, generally speaking, with the use of primary sources. Allows the historian to investigate the period through sources written after the event occurred.
Reference books, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, and atlases
Articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers written after the fact
History books and other popular or scholarly books