What are Secondary Sources? Secondary sources are made at a later time. They include written information by historians or others AFTER an event has taken place.
Although they can be useful and reliable, they cannot reflect what people who lived at the time thought or felt about the event. But they can represent a more fair account of the event because they can include more than one point of view, or may include information that was unavailable at the time of the event. What are Secondary Sources?
Examples of Secondary Sources: Textbooks, biographies, histories, or newspaper report by someone who was not present
Charts, graphs, or images created AFTER the time period. Examples of Secondary Sources:
Name that Source! The following slides contain examples of primary and secondary sources. See if you can classify each example as a primary or secondary source correctly.
How do you know which is which? Ask yourself some questions: How does the author know these details? Was the author present at the event or soon on the scene? Where does this information come from—personal experience, eyewitness accounts, or reports written by others? Are the author's conclusions based on a single piece of evidence, or have many sources been taken into account?
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