Primary sources contain firsthand evidence of events, usually recorded by someone who participated in, witnessed, or lived through the event.
A primary source is an original document or account that stands on its own published either in paper or electronic formats. Primary Sources can also be qualitative or quantitative data and research. Primary sources are used to prepare secondary sources.
Below is a ist of some commonly considered primary sources:
Secondary sources typically offer an analysis or interpretation or evaluation of information gathered from primary sources. Secondary sources can also provide background information and analysis of an event or work, and offer a historical perspective based on other events that have taken place since the original event or work.
Below is a list of some common secondary sources:
Both primary and secondary sources are important. Do not prefer one over the other. Each discipline has its own set of standards for what counts as a primary source. Ask your professor when in doubt.
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