Welcome! This guide will help you find primary sources for your research paper. Your research paper should constitute an original contribution to a specified topic area of scholarly inquiry related to the borderlands of southern Colorado. By definition, borderland topics intersect with peoples from different backgrounds. Be mindful to frame your topic at the intersection of empires, states, and nations. Ideally, you’ll want to center your study in the San Luis Valley. Strong papers will identify the contrasting viewpoints of scholars and schools of thought. You should seek to situate yourself within such an intellectual milieu and a draw distinction between your approach and those of others.
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A primary source is a document, speech, or other sort of evidence written, created or otherwise produced during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event. Some types of primary sources include:
A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them. Some types of secondary sources include:
Information adapted from CUNY and Princeton libraries.