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HIST 486: Marshall Island Histories: Primary sources vs. secondary sources

What's the difference?

Your assignments require you to look at both primary and secondary resources. Are you using the correct one?

  • Primary resources are material that was written, published, or documented during the specific historical event or time period. Items like newspaper articles, photographs, journals, and manuscripts could be considered primary resources.
  • Secondary resources often analyze, interpret, or critique an event, place, or time period after it was has already occured. Books, journal articles, dissertations, and theses are often considered secondary sources.

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