A primary source is original information, often created during the time period of study, rather than an interpretation or analysis of the information. Examples of primary resources include documents, diaries, manuscripts, autobiographies, sound recordings, newspapers, and images. These primary sources can be in print or electronic format.
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Secondary sources are usually books and journal articles that are interpretations of events written after examining primary source materials. They can also be found in a variety of mediums.
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Students can search their school library or public library for holdings of print books. For more information on your school's library check with your media specialist.