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)
Secondary sources are works written by historians that use primary sources as evidence in a particular argument.
|Primary Sources||Secondary Sources|
|Diaries/ Personal Documents||Monographs|
|Public Records/Govt. Docs||Edited Collections of Essays|
|Artifacts/ Relics||Dissertations and Theses|
|Images||Reference Materials (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries...)|
|Media/ Public Communication|