Primary Source Secondary Source What’s the Difference?
Primary Source Something that originates from the past
Primary Source A document or physical object that was created during the time period being studied
Primary Source Primary resources provide firsthand evidence of historical events. They are generally unpublished materials such as manuscripts, photographs, maps, artifacts, audio and video recordings, oral histories, postcards, and posters.
Primary Source A firsthand or eyewitness account of an event; an original work written by someone who witnessed or wrote close to the time of the event.
Diaries Scrapbooks Sketchbooks Interviews Pamphlets Letters Documents Speeches Photographs Clothing Toys Furniture Buildings Public opinion polls Surveys Audio recordings Video recording Art Primary Source
Secondary Source A document created using information provided by someone else often with some distance in time and space from the recorded event
Secondary Source Secondary materials, such as textbooks, synthesize and interpret primary materials.
Secondary Source Secondary sources are accounts of the past created by people writing about events sometime after they happened.
Secondary Source something that has been made recently about the past.
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Now that you know the difference in primary and secondary sources, let’s create our own primary source. Click here to get to a guide to create your own primary source about your favorite topic, YOU! When you are finished, go to your blog and upload the finished document to your “my work” page. If you feel the finished product contains personal information, email the document to me.
We’re almost finished! Go to the web and do a Google search for Benjamin Franklin. Choose one primary source and one secondary source with information about Benjamin Franklin. Link the two sites you choose to a blog post on your home page. Label each link primary source or secondary source. Title the post, “Benjamin Franklin”.