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Resources for School of Education

What Are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are first-hand accounts, original manuscripts, records, or documents produced from the time period at hand. Some examples of types of primary sources include the following:

These may be available in their original form or they may be reproduced or reprinted in another book.

Can you tell the difference between a primary and a secondary source? From TeachingHistory.org, test your knowledge by clicking the following link: Are They Primary or Secondary Sources?

Online Databases can also offer various primary sources

Listed below are various K-12 level online databases that include a variety of primary sources.

Primary Sources in Elem. Social Studies library session materials

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