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Primary & Secondary Sources

Primary Source: An item created during the time period studied, such as diaries, letters, government records, interviews, pictures/film and art.

Examples:

  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • The Constitution of Canada
  • A journal article reporting NEW findings

Secondary Source: An item which interprets a primary source, such as textbooks, newspapers, magazines and encyclopedias.

Examples:

  • A article which interprets or reviews PREVIOUS findings
  • A history textbook
  • A book ABOUT the effects of WWI

Primary Sources Databases

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