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HISTORY 2HI3 - Historical Inquiry: The 20th Century Caribbean

Primary Resources

A box describing that a primary source is an original firsthand account of a time or event.

Finding Primary Sources in the Catalogue

In the Library Catalogue search for your topic and include one of the following words or phrases:

  • autobiography
  • correspondence
  • description and travel
  • diaries
  • interviews
  • letters
  • personal narratives
  • public opinion
  • pictorial works
  • sources

Evaluating Primary Sources

When considering using Primary Sources in your research it is important to ask yourself:

  • Who is the author and/or creator of this resource and what is their connection to the event, person or time period?
  • What is the source talking about and can you identify any overt biases to their approach?
  • Why was the source created in its selected format?
  • Who is the intended audience and what is the intended purpose of the resource?
  • Is the resource corroborated by other Primary Sources connected to this event, person or time period?
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