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Primary Sources

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Primary Sources


You will sometimes be required to use primary resources in your research.


Primary resources are original documents containing first-hand information or details recorded at the time that an event happened. These can include research, forms, newspaper accounts, photographs, drawings, letters, diaries, documents, books, posters, speeches, sheet music, songs, movies, scripts, speeches and interviews.



To Cite a Primary Source:

  • find out the style specified by your teacher (APA or MLA):
  • decide whether the document or recording was accessed on-line, in print or through another method
  • choose the format that most describes it, for example Other Media>Film for a movie
  • If you are not certain on how to format the source, please ask your teacher for guidance.



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