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Primary sources are firsthand accounts or records of events in history. These sources reflect the point of view of a participant or observer at a particular point of time. There are a wide range of primary source materials available for historical research. For example:
Compilations of primary sources such as a book containing many short excerpts from primary sources are not as useful as the original sources themselves.
Source materials may have a bias or purpose which you should be aware of. For example, an article from a northern paper during the civil war will read much differently than an article from a southern paper. When reading primary sources, think about why the piece was written, when it was written, and what it tells us about the writer and the time period.
A bibliography is a list of sources used for writing a paper. An annotated bibliography also includes a summary and/or evaluation. It might include one or more of the following:
Summary (what are the main arguments?)
Assessment (how useful is the source, is it reliable, is it biased?)
Reflection (how does it fit with your research?)
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