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Primary Sources In The Classroom

  1. 1. Straight to the Source Using Online Primary Sources Kendall F. Wiggin Connecticut State Librarian October 23, 2007
  2. 2. Using primary sources in research papers and projects is a time-honored way to engage students with primary historical materials.
  3. 3. What is a Primary Source <ul><li>Basically it is a First Hand Account of History </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take the Form of: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Manuscripts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Photographs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Diaries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Oral Histories </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Data Sets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Where Do You Find Primary Source Materials? <ul><ul><li>Before the Internet Found in: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Archives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Museums </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Historical Societies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Today </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Websites for all of the above </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Connecticut History Online </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Primary sources are available online today because of the development of technologies to scan and add metadata to original materials. Documents and photographs were among the earliest primary sources to become accessible online. While many students and adults think everything is now online, we are a long way from that – despite Google's goal of digitizing all the world’s knowledge.
  6. 6. Why use primary sources? <ul><li>Develop critical thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Understand all history is local </li></ul><ul><li>Acquire empathy for the human condition </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the continuum of history </li></ul><ul><li>Consider different points of view in analysis </li></ul>
  7. 7. Connecticut History Sources Online <ul><li>There are numerous authoritative sources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries and Societies </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Library of Congress – American Memory <ul><li>http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html </li></ul>
  9. 9. Connecticut History Online <ul><li>http://www.cthistoryonline.org/ </li></ul>
  10. 10. Connecticut State Library www.cslib.org <ul><li>http://cslib.cdmhost.com/index.php </li></ul>
  11. 11. Connecticut Historical Society <ul><li>http://www.chs.org/collections.htm </li></ul>
  12. 12. Colonial Connecticut Records <ul><li>http://www.colonialct.uconn.edu / </li></ul>
  13. 22. Secondary Online Historical Resources <ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Historical Hartford Courant on iCONN.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Digitized Books </li></ul>
  14. 27. Digitized Books on Connecticut
  15. 31. <ul><li>Kendall F. Wiggin </li></ul><ul><li>State Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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