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Getting Started with Primary Sources: Home

What is a Primary Source?

Primary sources are the evidence of history, original records or objects created by participants or observers at the time historical events occurred or even well after events, as in memoirs and oral histories.

Analyzing a Primary Source

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

Where Can a Letter Take You?

Propaganda Resources

Great Places to Find Primary Sources

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.

To Do List!

Sign up for a Boston Public Library eCard 

Use NoodleTools to cite your sources 

Complete your Exit Ticket in box below 

Finding Primary Sources Exit Ticket

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

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