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Types of sources and what they are good for

Books are best for historical and general information on a topic. The Historian members will use them. Some Administration, Internationalist and Nationalist members may also use them.

Journal Articles are best for recent information on a topic. The Administration, Internationalist, and Nationalist members will use them. Historian and UN members will also use them, to a lesser extent.

Web Resources are best for recent information on a topic and for opinions. The Internationalist, Nationalist, Administration, and UN members will use them.


Primary vs Secondary Sources

›Primary Sources:
  • ›can be in any form
  • ›are a source of direct evidence that documents an event
  • ›come from the perspective of someone who was there

›Secondary Sources:
  • ›are produced by someone who was not present when the event occurred
  • ›analyze and interpret primary materials
  • ›synthesize primary sources by giving context

From the UCLA Institute on Primary Resources Website


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