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HIST 100 Stuff: Objects and Their (Hi)Stories (Spring 2023)

What is a primary source?

A Primary Source is a historical document or artifact or person from the time period under study. This may include:

  • diaries
  • journals
  • newspapers
  • contemporary publications
  • autobiographies
  • music/songs
  • recordings or images

What is a secondary source?

A Secondary source is a work written about an event or person after it has taken place. Some examples:

  • Book
  • Academic Article
  • Biography
  • Most websites
  • Media depictions (ex. films)