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Hist 142 (Ramos): Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary Sources

Primary Sources are sources that were written or produced during the time period they discuss. Each of the following is an example of a type of primary source:

  • newspaper article
  • court case
  • will
  • speech
  • memoir
  • letter
  • photograph
  • diary
  • intervew

Databases

You may find relevant primary source materials in the following databases:

 

Secondary Sources

Secondary Sources compile, interpret, analyze, or review what has appeared previously in primary sources. A source is secondary if it is not based on direct observation or participation in an event. The following are examples of secondary sources:

  • dissertations
  • books
  • biographies
  • journal articles
  • literature reviews
  • documentaries (if they rely on analysis of clips of many films)

Databases

You may find relevant secondary source materials in the following databases: