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Primary and Secondary Sources



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  • 1. An Introduction toPrimary and Secondary Sources
  • 2. Primary Sources
  • 3. What are primary sources? Original records from the past recorded by people who were: Involved in the event Witnessed the event, OR Knew the persons involved in the event
  • 4. What are primary sources? They can also be objects (artifacts) or visual evidence. They give you an idea about what people alive at the time saw or thought about the event.
  • 5. What are primary sources? Keep in mind that a primary source reflects only one point of view and may contain a person’s bias (prejudice) toward an event.
  • 6. Examples of primary sources: Printed PublicationsBooks, magazines, newspapers
  • 7. Examples of primary sources: Personal RecordsDiaries, journals, records
  • 8. Examples of primary sources: Visual MaterialsPaintings, drawings, sculpture
  • 9. Examples of primary sources: Visual Materialsphotographs, film, maps
  • 10. Examples of primary sources: Oral Histories Click on this button to hear an example of oral history -------- > Chronicles, memoirs, myths, legends passed down by word of mouth
  • 11. Examples of primary sources: Songs and Poems
  • 12. Examples of primary sources: ArtifactsTools, ornaments, objects
  • 13. Secondary Sources
  • 14. What are secondary sources? Secondary sources are made at a later time. They include written information by historians or others AFTER an event has taken place.
  • 15. What are secondary sources? Although they can be useful and reliable, they cannot reflect what people who lived at the time thought or felt about the event. But they can represent a more fair account of the event because they can include more than one point of view, or may include information that was unavailable at the time of the event.
  • 16. Examples of secondary sources: Textbooks, biographies, histories, newspaper report by someone who was not present
  • 17. Examples of secondary sources: Charts, graphs, or images created AFTER the time period.
  • 18. Name that Source!The following slides contain examples ofprimary and secondary sources. See if you canclassify each example as a primary or secondarysource.
  • 19. Classify these: primary orsecondary?
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  • 27. The End