Primary & Secondary Sources
Primary Sources and Secondary Sources

civic rightsPrimary sources and secondary sources







u A primary source is a document, speech, or other sort of evidence written, created or otherwise produced during the time under study. 
Primary sources offer an inside view of a particular event. 

Examples include:
Original Documents
8Autobiographies, diaries, e-mail, interviews, letters, minutes, news film footage, official records, photographs, raw research data, speeches.
Creative Works
 8Art, drama, films, music, novels, poetry.
Relics or Artifacts
 8Buildings, clothing, DNA, furniture, jewelry, pottery.

u Secondary sources provide interpretation and analysis of primary sources. 
Secondary sources are one step removed from the original event of occurance.

 Examples include:
8World Book Online encyclopedia (online)
8World Biography (database)
8literary criticism analyzing a play, poem, novel, or short story
8magazine or newspaper articles about events or people
8political news reporter analyzing an election or politician 
8textbooks