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Types of Primary Sources

Archives and Manuscript Material
Archives and Manuscript Material

So, if you're writing on Emily Dickinson's "Hope is the thing with feathers," the poem is your primary source and a critical article discussing the poem is a secondary source. Sources that are even further removed (e.g., because they synthesize and describe material from secondary sources) are called tertiary sources.

Autobiographies and Memoirs
Autobiographies and Memoirs

Secondary sources are interpretations and analyses based on primary sources. For example, an autobiography is a primary source while a biography is a secondary source. Typical secondary sources include: Scholarly Journal Articles. Use these and books exclusively for writing Literature Reviews. Magazines. Reports. Encyclopedias. Handbooks. Dictionaries.

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Diaries, Personal Letters, and Correspondence
Diaries, Personal Letters, and Correspondence

On occasion, secondary sources will collect, organize, and repackage primary source information to increase usability and speed of delivery, such as an online encyclopedia. Like primary sources, secondary materials can be written or non-written (sound, pictures, movies, etc.).

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Government Publications
Government Publications

Government Documents Guide Primary Sources. A primary source is a document that gives evidence of historical events or ... Catalog of Government Publications, ...

Interviews, Surveys, and Fieldwork
Interviews, Surveys, and Fieldwork

A primary source is information collected firsthand from historical documents, literary texts, artistic works, experiments, surveys, and interviews. A primary source is information collected firsthand from historical documents, literary texts, artistic works, experiments, surveys, and interviews.

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Journals, Letters and Diaries
Journals, Letters and Diaries

And although diaries and letters are similar in important ways, each form has its own purposes and possibilities. Compared to many other kinds of written sources, both letters and diaries seem at first to be strikingly "private" kinds of writing. They give us the past from individual points of view.

Oral Histories
Oral Histories

Examples of primary sources: Oral histories Oral histories are accounts given by a person of events earlier in their life. Often, they are taken by family members, historians, archivists, or others who interview older people in an attempt to document events and lives that might otherwise be forgotten.

Photographs, Audio Recordings, Video Recordings, Films
Photographs, Audio Recordings, Video Recordings, Films

photographs, audio recordings, video recordings, films,published books, newspapers and magazine clippings published at the time examples of secondary sources encyclopedia articles, books written by historians, and textbooks

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Photographs, Drawings, and Posters
Photographs, Drawings, and Posters

Identifying Primary and Secondary ... or work of art. Primary sources provide the original materials on which other research is ... Photographs, drawings, and posters;

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Scrapbooks
Scrapbooks

A primary source is a source in which something was first said. A movie, a quote, a picture, a poster, or a sound clip is a primary source.

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Speeches
Speeches

Similarly, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, delivered soon after the 1863 battle, is a primary source for the Civil War, but a speech given on the 100th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg in 1963 is not a primary source for the Civil War.

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Works of art and Literature
Works of art and Literature

Secondary sources are less easily defined than primary sources. Generally, they are accounts written after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. They are interpretations and evaluations of primary sources. Secondary sources are not evidence, but rather commentary on and discussion of evidence.

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