Primary vs. Secondary Sources



Examples  Primary Sources  Secondary Sources
 





  • Firsthand accounts of a time period or event, original documents, and creative works. 
  • Works created at the time of an event.
  • Publications that analyze, interpret, review, or evaluate primary sources.
  • Works created well after an event.
Art

Film

History

Literature

Social or Natural Science

Theater

Other Examples
 Painting, drawing, or sculpture

 Movie

 Diary, letter, speech, interview, photo, or ad.

 A novel, short story, or poem

 An original research study

 Performance taping

 Magazine or newspaper article from the time 
 Autobiography or memoir
 Opinion poll or survey
 Article critiquing artwork

 Movie review

 History book or biography of historical figure

 Literary criticism

 Review article of original research study

 Review of performance

 Encyclopedia, dictionary, or atlas
 Biography
 Interpretation of survey results

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