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History Day Workshop

   
What are primary sources?


Primary sources are records created by people who directly experienced the topic under discussion. The types of records can vary widely, but all are first-hand accounts of the event.

Secondary sources are generated by people without personal knowledge; authors often use primary sources to create secondary sources. 

Types of records often considered primary sources

Artifacts
Contemporary news articles
Correspondence
Diaries
Film/video of event
Government documents 
Interviews
Meeting minutes
Memos
Personal narratives
Photographs
Research data

Defining X Beginning X Locating X Evaluating


Comments: Tanya Zanish-Belcher, Head, Special Collections Department
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Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library
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