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A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event.
Examples: Diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records, original photographs
A secondary source analyzes and interprets primary sources, provides a second-hand account of an historical event, interprets creative work. Secondary sources are usually written years after the event occurred, by people who did not live through or experience the event.
Examples: journal articles, databases, website articles, biographies, photographs
NHD On-Line Resources
Recommended by Mr. Holden
Contains 18 million catalog records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources in the Library of Congress collections.
A collection arranged by broad categories in American history
The Recorded Sound Reference Center provides access to the commercial and archival audio holdings of the Library of Congress
Millions of primary sources chronicling the Nation's history
Website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents
: The annotation should be one to two sentences long. The contest rule book says “an annotation must explain how the source was used and how it helped you understand your topic.” DO NOT retell what the sources say. You may include a justification of why you source is primary or secondary if it is likely to be questionable. And, you can use the annotation to explain that a book or other secondary source includes several primary sources.