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SPC 1608 Theresa/Alfia: Getting Started

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Theresa Smith-Ennis
8000 S. Tamiami Trail
Venice, Fl 34293



Primary v Secondary Sources

Primary Sources: A primary source is an original document, first hand account of a topic, from a person or persons who had direct connection with a topic or event. Some examples of Primary Documents are:

  • Speeches, diaries, letters, and interviews
  • Original research
  • Surveys, data sets (census records, economic statistics, etc)
  • Photographs, video, or audio that capture an event (news reels, newspaper photos, etc)
  • Newspaper articles-reports written at the time the event occurred.

Secondary Sources: A secondary source is an article or book that discusses information that was first presented somewhere else. Some examples of Secondary Sources are:

  • Biographies
  • Most books about a topic
  • Scholarly articles about a topic (by people not directly involved)
  • Documentaries (although film footage and photos presented might be considered primary sources depending on the footage or image)