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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


What is a Scholarly Secondary Source?


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