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Primary and Secondary Sources of Information. By Ms. Starr September, 2009. When you study social studies, you need proof of what happened. Primary Sources Secondary Sources. Primary Sources. Data and information by people who actually saw or took place in an event.

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when you study social studies you need proof of what happened
When you study social studies, you need proof of what happened.
  • Primary Sources
  • Secondary Sources
primary sources
Primary Sources
  • Data and information by people who actually saw or took place in an event.
  • Examples: Diary, journal, letters, poems, paintings, pictures.
secondary sources
Secondary Sources
  • Data or information that was collected by someone who was not at an actual event.
  • Examples: Textbooks, books written about the event by people who were not there, newspapers, magazines.
some types of information can be both
Some types of information can be both.
  • Newspapers have both primary and secondary sources in them.
  • If a reporter writes about a fire and he was at the fire, then his newspaper article is a primary source.
  • If a reporter writes about a fire, but gets his information later from the fire department, his article is a secondary source.
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Try it out.
  • Primary or Secondary Source?

Diary

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Check your answers.
  • Diary – primary source
  • Textbooks- secondary sources
  • Newspapers – contain both primary and secondary source information