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Primary Vs. Secondary Sources
Primary vs. Secondary Sources
A primary source is a first person account by someone who experienced or witnessed an event. This original document has not been previously published or interpreted by anyone else.
- First person account of an event
- Original publication
- Speech or lecture
- Original artwork
- Handwritten manuscript
- Letters or diary entries
- Historical documents, e.g. Bill of Rights
A secondary source is one step removed from the primary original source. The author is reexamining, interpreting and forming conclusions based on the information that is conveyed in the primary source.
- Newspaper reporting on a study
- Review of a book
- Analysis of Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat"
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