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Introduction to Primary Source Research
Transcript of Introduction to Primary Source Research
Research What are primary sources? Diaries raw data a window into the past oral history interviews speeches Evidence paintings census data meeting minutes Photographs letters Newsclippings primary sources
secondary sources Primary Sources:
documents created for a specific purpose in the past, not necessarily intended to be of historical value when first created
lend insight into events and time periods of the past
used to construct a narrative about events in history Secondary Sources:
grounded in archival research
another scholar's conclusions, narratives Using primary sources:
questions to ask Ask questions of the materials in order to draw out ideas and find new avenues of exploration
Sometimes one document in one folder can be the basis for a paper
See where the materials lead you
Follow the threads Repository websites
Search finding aids
Contact reference staff for help Getting Started Using the GMU Archives firstname.lastname@example.org sca.gmu.edu