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Primary vs Secondary Sources

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Matt Johnson

on 19 February 2016

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Transcript of Primary vs Secondary Sources

Primary Sources
What are
Primary
and
Secondary
Sources?
What do you think?
Primary and secondary sources are things that help us to remember and understand the past.
Primary sources are created at the time
of an event
or very soon after an event.
EXAMPLES:
Secondary
Sources
Secondary sources are
created after an event.
Who cares if it’s a
primary or secondary
source?
Have you ever played Chinese Whispers?

Often when things are repeated over and over the story changes over time.

Checking back with the person who started the 'whisper'is going back to the primary source.

If you want to see or hear the original evidence for yourself you must go back to the primary source.
EXAMPLES:
Activities
Autobiographies
Diaries
Documents
Eyewitness accounts
Film footage
Laws
Letters
Video recording of an actual event
Minutes to meetings
E-mail messages
Blog postings
Coins
Novels
Objects from the time (artefacts)
Photographs
Poems, art, music
Speeches
Interviews
Manuscripts
Newspaper articles written at the time of the event
Maps
Podcasts
Voice mail messages
Paintings
Types of Primary Sources
Types of Secondary Sources
History Textbooks
Encyclopedias
Biographies
Reference Books
Non-Fiction History Books
Editorials
Journal Articles
So what are the benefits of each?
Types of Sources
Examples of sources sheet (must use pencil)
Find people who saw the same thing happen as you or were at the same event
A.B. p.19-20 (Q1,2,4)
How many can you remember?
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