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Introduction to Primary Source Research

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Leah Richardson

on 31 August 2011

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Transcript of Introduction to Primary Source Research

An Introduction to
Primary Source
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:
books, articles
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 speccoll@gmu.edu sca.gmu.edu
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