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Quotes about History

Getting Started with Primary Sources

Start Here!!

 Launch your project with an encyclopedia article that will give you a general overview and lots of key words to start you on your way.

Consider These Websites

Next Stop Databases

Check Library Catalogs

Next check catalogs to see if there are materials on your topic. Not enough? Expand your topic. Too many? Refine your topic.

More Libraries, More Resources!

eBooks & Reference Materials

U.S. History ebooks from the LHS Library

Reference books from the LHS Library

Help When You Need It!!

Finding Primary Sources Exit Ticket

Please fill out this exit ticket after you locate your primary source!

What is a Primary Source?

—“A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event.” (“What is a Primary Source”-Princeton University.)

Examples include: Original Documents such as Letters; Diaries; Memos; News in Print, on Film, in audio; Data; Statistics; Autobiographies; Speeches Interviews; Legal Documents; Laws; Treaties; Maps; Photographs. Creative Works such as Paintings; Music; Lyrics; Poetry; Dramas; Films; Novels. Objects/Artifacts such as Pottery; Clothing; Buildings; any object you can touch.

Analyzing a Primary Source

These slides will walk you through the steps to analyze a primary source. 

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