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SCF Collegiate School

Information on accessing library resources appropriate for SCFCS assignments

Types of Sources: What Are They?

Primary Source

As stated in the Library of Congress site, "Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study."

For example:  photographs of a protest march, a legal document such as The Constitution, the speech given by a famous person, a painting of a battle scene done by a witness, a letter from a king to another, an audio interview with a person who witnessed an important event, etc.

Secondary Source

Accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience, or analysis done after the fact, are "Secondary Sources." 

For example: an analysis of why the French Revolution changed the social classes in Europe, a book in which the author explains what happened during the battle of Agincourt, an article with someone's opinion on the influence of the "I have a dream" speech by Martin Luther King, Jr, etc.

Recommended Databases


Pile of skulls

Video Sources

Click on the Movie Posters to Link to the Films 

Two scientists sitting at a table with human bones


5 people in mask and old fashion hair and clothing


Cover of PBS Special In This Together

Websites: Digital Archives with Primary Sources