Primary or Secondary Source
Distinguish between primary (i.e., interviews, letters, diaries, newspapers, autobiographies, personal narratives) and secondary (i.e., reference books, periodicals, Internet, biographies, informational texts). SPI 0801.4.4
Links verified on 9/3/2014
- American Slave Narratives - first-hand accounts of former slaves' experiences on plantations, in cities, and on small farms.
- Characteristics of primary and secondary resources - lesson and exercise [This expired page is from the Internet Archive known as the Wayback Machine.]
Scholarly From Non-Scholarly Periodicals: - a checklist of criteria
- Document Analysis Worksheets - You may find these worksheets useful as you introduce students to various documents
- Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project - This site contains secondary documents written about Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as primary documents written during King's life.
- Primary Source Documents - over two dozen links to primary source documents on the web
- Primary Sources on the Web - list of web sites containing primary source materials
- Primary Source & Archived Collections Projects - projects use 'real-time' data from government and commercial databases
and Secondary Sources - Primary sources such as letters, diaries, photographs,
maps and artifacts provide students with authentic materials from the past.
By looking closely for details, students can draw conclusions about the
items and formulate their own hypotheses about the time period(s) during
which they were created
vs. Secondary Sources: A Comparison - use this form as a review - Examine
a historical event by looking at both a primary and a secondary source related
to it. Record the information you find in each below.
primary sources in your research - tutorial with quiz
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