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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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