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Primary Sources

Primary sources are original documents or physical objects usually written, created, or produced during the event or time period. It is first-hand information.

To search for primary sources add one of these words - charters, case studies, correspondence, diary, documentary films, early works, interviews, letters, manuscripts, pamphlets, personal narrative, public opinion, songs and music, speeches, statistics, statues

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources interprets and analyzes primary sources. It is second-hand information.

Examples of Primary Sources & Secondary Sources

Table of Primary Sources and Secondary Sources
Discipline Example of Primary Source Example of Secondary Source
Art Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci Critique of Renaissance painting
Business NASDAQ stock quotes Analysis of the stock
Criminal Justice Court report Book of criminal procedure
Education Speech by Secretary of Education Education textbook
History Interview with a Vietnam War veteran eBook on the Vietnam War
Literature The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Literary criticism on novel
Music 5th Symphony by Ludwig Van Beethoven Biography on Ludwig Van Beethoven
Science Scientific results of an experiment Magazine article reporting on the experiment


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