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HON 101 - East (Segers) Honors Colloquium: Primary Sources

Primary Sources

  • ​Artifacts 
  • Photographs
  • Audio recordings 
  • Diaries
  • Email
  • Interviews
  • Oral histories
  • Original Studies
  • Letters
  • Documents 
  • Government Documents
  • Photographs
  • Proceedings of Meetings, conferences, symposia
  • Speeches
  • Survey Research 
  • First-person video recordings  
  • Works of art
  • Works architecture
  • Works of literature
  • Works of music 
  • Newspaper articles written at the time of the even

Secondary Sources

Secondary sources are accounts written "after the fact" and with the benefit of hindsight (greater understanding of the incident).  They are normally interpretions and evaluations of primary sources. Secondary sources are not evidence, since they provide commentary on and discussion of the evidence. 

From: "Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Sources." Univeristy of Maryland, Univeristy Libraries. 1 March 2013. Web. 3 October, 2013.

Primary Source and Context

Context is everything, so whether a source is primary (original) depends on how it was created and its relation to research being performed. 

Identifying Sources

Primary and Secondary Source Examples at Pima

Primary and Secondary Source Examples at Pima