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What Exactly is a PRIMARY SOURCE?
Primary means first.
Primary Source means that you have a document from the time you are studying. Someone's report about it is a secondary source.
A primary source can be anything that is very close to whatever is being studied.
To the left, you will see a wall painting found in the Roman city of Pompeii is an example of a primary source about people in Pompeii in Roman times.
More Examples of PRIMARY SOURCES:
Where can I find primary sources?
Try these websites:
The Library of Congress has a site dedicated to prints and photographs:
The Library of Congress also has a site they call:
Check out this site:
The National Archives
Check out this site:
Primary Sources at Yale University
This is a primary Source Site that focuses on American History alone!
American Studies and U.S. History @ YALE
This site has a HUGE collection of digital images:
The following questions are asked about primary sources:
- Who is the intended audience?
- What is the purpose of the publication?
- What assumptions does the author make?
- What are the bases of the author's conclusions?
- Does the author agree or disagree with other authors of the subject?
- Does the content agree with what you know or have learned about the issue?
- Where was the source made?
In the end, primary sources are left to be interpreted by YOU!!!
WRITE-UPs.......Something unique to OUR classroom. Print it out and include it in your notebooks, please. Remember that I check in on your notebooks once a month--at least!
CHEAT SHEET #2
CHEAT SHEET #3
The links below will take you to some very interesting sites for information and research.
I will be adding to the list all the time so check back frequently. make sure
to see me if you have suggestions. Take a moment to check them out:
This site has lots of cool and very old maps:
Cool Old Maps
What about online games that focus on history?
The "Thinkquest.org site is VERY cool. Not only are there online games to play but you'll find virtual tours and LOTS of other groovy stuff.