What are __Primary__ Sources ?

Primary Sources are written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document a historical experience.

Examples of Primary Sources from Mexico

  • From Flag to Flag: A Woman's Adventures and Experiences in the South During the War, in Mexico, and in Cuba.New York: D. Appleton, c1888, 1889.
  • An original film made by Thomas Edison
  • http://memory.loc.gov/mbrs/edmp/1158.mov
American_Memory.gif(Great resource for Primary Sources)

What are Secondary Sources ?

Secondary sources provide interpretation and analysis of primary sources. Secondary sources are one step removed from the original event or "horse's mouth."

  • Examples of Secondary Sources

    • Britannica Online encyclopedia (online)
    • American National Biography (database)
    • literary criticism analyzing a play, poem, novel, or short story
    • magazine or newspaper articles about events or people
    • political commentary analyzing an election or politician (via Lexis-Nexis database)
    • textbooks