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Welcome! This guide will help you find information to complete your research paper for ANTH/HGP 471. Don't hesitate to contact the library if you need any help.
The Craft of Research by
Publication Date: 2008-04-15
Provides information on how to find and utilize primary resources.
Primary vs. Secondary Sources
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:
- Diaries, journals, and letters
- Newspaper and magazine articles (contemporary, factual accounts)
- Government records (census, marriage, military)
- Photographs, maps, postcards, posters
- Recorded or transcribed speeches
- Interviews with participants, witnesses, or people alive during the time under study
- Songs, Plays, novels, stories
- Paintings, drawings, and sculptures
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:
- Literary Criticism
- Book, Art, and Theater Reviews
- Newspaper articles that interpret
Information adapted from CUNY and Princeton libraries.