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Primary Sources

Guide to finding primary sources.

How to evaluate primary sources

Consider the following: (download attached file for detailed worksheet to assist in analyzing the source).

  • Type of Source
  • Date of Source
  • Where Source was Created
  • Name and Background of Source Creator
  • Creator's Knowledge of Event
  • Historical Context
  • Source's Main Points/Central Message
  • Physical Qualities of Source
  • Reason(s) Source was Created
  • Source's Purpose
  • Intended/Likely Audience
  • Interpretation of Source Today