What are Primary Sources vs. Secondary Sources?
Primary sources were either created during the time period being studied (documents, newspaper articles, letters, speeches, fiction), or were created at a later date by a participant in the events being studied (memoirs) and they reflect the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer. Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period.
Secondary sources are works that interpret or analyze an historical event. They are generally at least one step removed from the event. Examples include scholarly or popular books and articles, reference books, and textbooks.
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