Primary sources are original documents, artifacts, or records created at the time of an event.
- a wooden bowl
- a newspaper advertisement
- an email to a friend telling about your day
Secondary sources are any records of the past created after the time of the event. They also can be interpretations, evaluations, or commentaries of primary sources.
- a social studies textbook
- an interview with a historian telling about the 1990s
- animation showing Lewis and Clark’s route
Both primary and secondary sources
- can be used to support an argument or as evidence in a story
- can be found in locations such as museums, libraries, homes, and online.
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