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American Civil War HIS 303: Primary Sources

Features selective resources on The American Civil War

Finding Primary Sources

Pre-set Limiters:

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What are Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Sources?

According to the Library of Congress

"Primary Sources are the raw materials of history, original documents and objects which were created at the time."

"Secondary sources are accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience."

"Tertiary sources present summaries or condensed versions of materials, usually with references back to the primary and/or secondary sources."

Common Examples of Primary Sources Common Examples of Secondary Sources Common Examples of Tertiary Sources

personal narratives

documents

speeches

memoirs 

diaries

interviews

oral history

letters

Biographies

Monographs 

Journal Articles

Dissertations/Theses

Essays

Encyclopedia articles

Dictionaries/encyclopedias

Almanacs

Fact books

Bibliographies

Directories

Guidebooks

Manuals

Handbooks

Textbooks

Indexing and abstracting sources