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This presentation explains the differences between primary and secondary sources, and then demonstrates how to find examples of each at the Washington State Library.

This presentation explains the differences between primary and secondary sources, and then demonstrates how to find examples of each at the Washington State Library.

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  • 1. Acing Your Northwest History Project with Sources from the Washington State Library Mary P. Schaff Reference Librarian Washington State Library Office of the Secretary of State
  • 2. About the Washington State Library
    • Established by the Organic Act in 1853
    • Operated under the Secretary of State since 2003
    • Official Federal and State Depository Library
    • Current Collections Focus on Washington State and the Northwest
    • Located in Tumwater
  • 3. History Sources Lab
    • In small groups, examine the documents and answer these questions:
      • What is it?
        • Think about: Who wrote it? When was it written? What is the subject?
      • Why was it written?
        • Think about: Who did the author write it for? What did he/she want to accomplish?
      • What are three things we can determine about society at the time this document was written?
  • 4. Primary Sources
    • Definitions of
    • Primary Sources
      • Firsthand evidence of historical events
      • Original records created at/near the time of the event
      • Personal connections to the past
    • Examples
    • Letters
    • Diaries
    • Manuscripts
    • Government documents
    • Photographs
    • Oral Histories
    • Autobiographies
    • Newspapers
    • Maps
  • 5. Secondary Sources
    • Definition of
    • Secondary Sources
    • Accounts of the past written at a later time
    • Interpretation or synthesis of primary sources
    • Created by historians
    • Examples
    • Textbooks
    • Journal articles
    • Encyclopedias
    • Monographs
    • Book Reviews
    • Editorials
    • Wikipedia
  • 6. Identifying Sources
    • Remember: some sources can have both primary and secondary characteristics
    • Primary and Secondary sources are NOT mutually exclusive
    • Think of sources on a Primary/Secondary continuum
  • 7. Primary Resources at the Washington State Library
    • Classics in Washington History
    • Collection includes: letters, diaries, biographies, gov’t documents, and more
    • Online (and onsite)
    • Full text
    • Searchable
  • 8. Primary Resources at the Washington State Library
    • Historical Maps
    • Collection includes state, federal, and local maps
    • Online (and some onsite)
    • Sort by Time Period and Type of Map
  • 9. Government Documents as Primary Sources
    • Federal and State Documents
    • Variety of document types and formats
      • Reports
      • Maps
      • Census Records
      • Materials for the general public
    • Online and Onsite
      • Catalog
  • 10. Newspapers: the Goldmine of Primary Sources
    • Historical Newspapers in Washington
    • Full text
    • Searchable
    • Subject headings
  • 11. More About Newspapers
    • Present day accounts of the news
    • Rich details, opinions
      • What about Facts?
    • Only really old or really new newspapers are available online full text
    • Washington papers for any year are available on microfilm at the State Library
    • Newspaper research is easier with an Index
  • 12. Newspaper Sources/Indexes
    • Indexes Available at the Washington State Library
      • Paper indexes
      • Name/Subject Card File
      • Vertical file and Clippings boxes
      • WPA Territorial and Early Washington Newspaper Index on microfilm
      • Online Index to the Olympian
      • ProQuest database
      • NewsBank
  • 13. Secondary Sources at the Washington State Library
    • Monographs (books)
      • Catalog
        • Refine your search skills
        • Browse special collections
        • Link to digital books
    • Periodicals (journals)
      • articles on Northwest history
      • Bibliographies for further reading
  • 14. Helpful Resources for both Primary and Secondary sources
    • History Day Topic Guide
    • Guide to primary sources in Archives and Libraries across the state, including the State Library
    • Use the subject or time period index to browse the topics
  • 15.  
  • 16. Helpful Resources for both Primary and Secondary sources
    • Washington Rural Heritage
    • Collections from Washington Rural Libraries
    • Includes both primary and secondary sources
      • -Local histories
      • -Ephemera
      • -Photographs
  • 17. Putting It All Together
    • Ideas for incorporating primary sources into your projects
      • Illustrate your argument with testimony from a witness
      • Compare first hand accounts
      • Biographical case study
      • Compare interpretations of an historical event
  • 18.  
  • 19. Getting Help
    • Ask a Librarian
      • On our website
        • Chat
        • Email
        • Call
      • On our blog
        • IM
      • Via Facebook
        • Mary Schaff
    • When You Ask for Help
      • What have you tried so far?
      • Be specific about what you need
      • Let us know about your time table
      • Sometimes information doesn’t exist in the format you’re looking for
  • 20. Acing Your Northwest History Project with Sources from the Washington State Library Presentation available online at Slideshare.net Thank you!