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Repositories of Primary Sources A directory of over 5,000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the advanced research scholar. Includes links to libraries and other institutions with digitized primary resources. Using Primary Sources on the Web


Primary sources (e.g. interviews, surveys and statistical data) are first-hand and considered authoritative, while secondary sources (e.g. literature reviews, documentaries, books) analyze, interpret, evaluate and synthesize primary information.


Primary and secondary are relative terms, and some sources may be classified as primary or secondary, depending on how they are used. A third level, the tertiary source, such as an encyclopedia or dictionary, resembles a secondary source in that it contains analysis, but attempts to provide a broad introductory overview of a topic.


Secondary sources may draw on primary sources and other secondary sources to create a general overview; or to make analytic or synthetic claims. Tertiary sources are publications such as encyclopedias or other compendia that sum up secondary and primary sources. For example, Wikipedia itself is a tertiary source.


Questioning Primary Sources. Knowing the differences between primary and secondary sources is the first step to better understanding the past. Once you have found your primary sources, it is important to question them to find out what they say and who made them.


A ‘ Secondary Sounrce’ can be defined two ways: it is anything about a historical event which was created using primary sources, and/or which was one or more stages removed from the time period and the event. A ‘second hand’ item. For instance, school textbooks tell you about a time period, but they are all secondary sources as they were written later, usually by people who weren’t ...


derived from or depending on what is primary, original, or first a secondary source below the first in rank, importance, etc; not of major importance (prenominal) of or relating to the education of young people between the ages of 11 and 18 secondary education


3. Secondary sources. The function of these is to interpret primary sources, and so can be described as at least one step removed from the event or phenomenon under review. Secondary source materials, then, interpret, assign value to, conjecture upon, and draw conclusions about the events reported in primary sources.


<Primary Source Home <Module 1 Home. Module 1: What are primary sources? A definition of secondary source. In contrast, a secondary source of information is one that was created later by someone who did not experience first-hand or participate in the events or conditions you’re researching. For the purposes of a historical research project, secondary sources are generally scholarly books and...


"By identifying basic facts, such as year of construction, secondary sources can point the researcher to the best primary sources, such as the right tax books. In addition, a careful reading of the bibliography in a secondary source can reveal important sources the researcher might otherwise have missed." (Alison Hoagland and Gray Fitzsimmons ...