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Primary Sources in World History: Home

An introduction to identifying and using primary sources in your research.

What Is a Primary Source?


"The Girl I Left Behind Me." American Song Sheets, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.                                                       Book.  Photograph.  Britannica Online.  Web.  22 Apr. 2016.                     

primary source is a document or artifact that was                    A secondary source is a resource that describes
created during the time period you are studying.                        or analyzes the time period or the primary source.

What Does a Primary Source Look Like?

A primary source might look like...

See the "Primary Sources in the Clark Library" and "Primary Sources on the Web" tabs to get started! 

What Does a Secondary Source Look Like?

A secondary source might look like...

Check the library catalog for books, ebooks, and other secondary sources!  

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