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Learn About Primary Sources

A guide to using primary sources for your research.

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PRIMARY SOURCES 

Photographs and Movies

Dictionary Definitions

Primary source is a term used in a number of disciplines to describe source material that is closest to the person, information, period, or idea being studied.

From Wikipedia

Primary Sources: materials directly related to the past by time or participation—things created in the past by people living at the time. Primary sources include photographs, prints, paintings, documents, advertisements, music and film, letters, newspaper articles, and objects.

From Teaching History

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