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HIST 490: Senior Seminar (Suarez-Potts): Home

Style Guides

Both of the style guides listed below may be found at the Reference Desk.  You may use these copies anywhere in the library, just remember to return guide(s) to the Reference desk at the end of the day.

Obtaining Materials Not At Kenyon

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)


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
Correspondences Scholarly Journals
Artifacts/ Relics Dissertations and Theses
Images Reference Materials (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries...)
Business/Corporate Records  
Architectural Plans  
Literary Texts  
Media/ Public Communication  






Social Sciences and Data Librarian

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Nathan Wolfe
212 Olin Library
Reference Desk Hours: Thursday 3p - 5p
Office Hours:
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(740) 427-5707

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