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HIST 490: Senior Seminar: Home

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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.

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

Subject Guide

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