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Primary and Secondary Sources

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Joy Han

on 4 March 2014

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Transcript of Primary and Secondary Sources

Primary and Secondary Sources
Primary Sources
A primary source is an
account of an event that offers an
inside view.

It contains
new information
that has not been interpreted, evaluated, paraphrased, or condensed.

Primary sources are typically
created during
very close
to the time of the events the report on.
Secondary Source Examples
How to find resources
Visit CHS Library Learning Commons -
Click Library Catalog and Databases (left)
For login information to databases (to access at home) visit -

You will need to sign in with your CISD username and password
Primary Sources - Interviews
Bill O'Reilly's interview with President Obama at the White House to discuss the IRS scandal, Benghazi, the Affordable Care Act, and the 2014 Super Bowl.

Source: Fox News
Primary Source Examples
Primary Sources include
diaries, interviews, letters, raw data, official documents, legislation and court records, photographs, journal articles, newspaper articles, autobiographies, speeches, and creative works (novels, plays, music, art)
Secondary Sources
A secondary source provides
"second-hand" information
that has been digested, analyzed, reworded or interpreted.

Secondary sources are often
written well after
the events they report on, and can put past information into its historical context.

In a secondary source, the author typically reports on their impressions of
Secondary Source Examples
Secondary Sources include
magazine and journal articles that review or interpret previous research or events.

Most non-fiction books, including text books, history books, and reference books like almanacs and encyclopedias.
Primary Sources - Letters
Abraham Lincoln's letter to General Sherman on December 26th, 1864 congratulating Sherman on the capture of the city of Savannah.

Source: Library of Congress
Primary Sources - Diaries
The diary of President Ronald Reagan which provides a first-hand account of the 40th President of the United States term in office.

Source: Reagan Presidential Library
Primary Sources - Raw Data
Wind measurements of Hurricane Sandy - October 28th-29th, 2012

Source: Fox News
Primary Sources - Official Documents
The United States Declaration of Independence

Source: National Archives
Primary Sources - Court Records and Legislation
The 26th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the Right to Vote for 18 year olds

Source: National Archives
Primary Sources - Photographs
Photograph by John Tulmaki during the Boston Marathon bombing April 15, 2013

Source: Time Magazine
Primary Sources - Journal Articles
The New England Journal of Medicine is a weekly general medical journal that publishes new medical research and review articles. The NEJM reports the findings of
original research
, and are
written by the researches

Source: nejrn.org
Primary Sources - Newspaper Articles
The Bedford Gazette article reporting on the moon landing - July 20, 1969

Source: National Archives
Primary Sources - Autobiographies
Autobiography written by Malala Yousafzai, the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban.

Source: Little, Brown and Company
Primary Sources - Speeches
Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, August 28, 1963

Source: National Archives
Primary Sources - Creative works (novels, plays, music art)
Paul McCartney's original handwritten lyrics to the Beatles song "Hey Jude"

Source: British Broadcasting Corporation
Non-fiction books
Magazine articles
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