What is a Primary Source?
A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. Primary documents include:
- original documents: diaries, speeches, letters, interviews, official records
- creative works: poetry, drama, novels, music, art
- artifacts:pottery, sculpture, clothing, furniture
Your outside reading novel is a primary source.
What is a Secondary Source?
A secondary source interprets, analyzes, or discusses a primary source. Secondary sources include:
- textbooks, commentaries, magazine articles, scholarly criticisms, book reviews, newspaper articles
Your assignment requires you to use two quotes from a scholarly secondary source.