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History 200: Practicing History


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Primary vs. Secondary Documents

Primary Sources: "sources produced by the historical people you are studying."

Secondary Sources: "sources produced after-the-fact by scholars or analysts who are trying to explain what happened and why it happened. Secondary sources use primary sources for their information."

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Know as much as you can about your topic before diving into scholarly sources. Encyclopedias, magazines and newspapers are great places to start learning about your topic. They can also help you to start thinking about keywords, experts on a topic and find references to articles that you can use to build your search strategies.


Credo Reference is an encyclopedia database that provide you with a great place to start your research. Try a search out below.


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