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Primary versus Secondary Sources

Primary sources connect the historian to the past. They are 'items that are directly associated with their producer or user and the time period in which they were created. Examples include diaries, newspaper articles, government documents, clothing, photographs, oral interviews, and news broadcasts" (Presnell 93, emphasis mine)

Secondary sources are works written by historians that use primary sources as evidence in a particular argument.

Types of Primary Sources Types of Secondary Sources
  • Public records
  • Monographs
  • Personal documents (diaries, etc.)
  • Edited collections of essays
  • Artifacts/relics
  • Scholarly journal articles
  • Business/corporate records

  • Images

  • Architecture/city plans/maps
  • Media and public communication
  • Literary texts
  • Pamphlets/blogs

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A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers - Kate Turabian and friends
Call Number: KEN Infodesk LB2369 .T8 2007
ISBN: 0226823377
Publication Date: 2007
If you don't own it already, or forgot your copy in your dorm room, there are several copies available at the Reference Desk.

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The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition
Call Number: KEN InfoDesk Z253 .U69 2010
ISBN: 0226104206
Publication Date: 2010
Don't worry--we've still got the 15th edition in the Main stacks.


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