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East Greenwich High School Library: Primary Sources - World

What is a primary source?

PRIMARY SOURCES- (PRIMARY = FIRST)

(FIRST HAND ACCOUNTS BY PERSONS DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN AN EVENT)

THIS CAN INCLUDE:

  •    SPEECHES
  •    LETTERS
  •    JOURNAL ENTRIES
  •    INTERVIEWS
  •    MEMOIRS
  •    ORAL HISTORY (EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS)
  •    HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS
  •    TREATIES
  •    LEGISLATION
  •    LEGAL TESTIMONY BY A WITNESS  (but the Lawyer's summation to the jury would be a secondary source, since it interprets the testimony of the eyewitness)

SECONDARY SOURCES

 (SOURCES THAT INTERPRET, ANALYZE OR SUMMARIZE EVENTS, IDEAS OR PRIMARY SOURCES AFTER THE EVENT TAKES PLACE.)

MOST EVERYTHING NOT LISTED UNDER "PRIMARY"

THIS CAN INCLUDE:

  •     HISTORICAL BOOKS BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN AN EYEWITNESS
  •     TEXTBOOKS
  •     CONTEMPORARY NEWSPAPER ARTICLES (Newspapers can be tricky!  An article from a contemporary paper may be considered a secondary source as it is a   reinterpretation of events.  Your teacher may have assignment guidelines that will help you determine whether a news story can be used as a primary source).


 

Sources from Africa

West African Tribes and Empires - This resource is recommended for students studying the transatlantic slave trade in CCHS World Civilization classes.


African People and Culture - This resource is recommended for students studying the transatlantic slave trade in World Civilization classes.


Civilizations in Africa - Songhai Tribe - This resource is recommended for students studying the transatlantic slave trade in World Civilization classes.


The Kingdom of Mali - This resource is recommended for students studying the transatlantic slave trade in World Civilization classes.

Thanks to Robin Cicchetti, Librarian at Concord Carlisle High School,  for sharing her primary source collection with us.

More world sources

World History European History

BEST OF HISTORY - A collection of the best historical websites from all eras chosen by experts


EurAtlas Historical Maps - Collections of maps of Europe and the Middle East in high resolution and organized by centuries. Also has a video on Europe since Roman times.


AP European History Web Links Page

 

British Universities Film & Video Council - The London Broadcasting Company / Independent Radio News audio archive consists of 7,000 reel-to-reel tapes in a collection that runs from 1973 to the mid 1990s. It is the most important commercial radio archive in the UK and provides a unique audio history of the period.


Eurodocs - Primary historical documents from Western Europe antiquity to present.


Turning the Pages - Documents from the British Museum


Last updated 10.18.10