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Primary and Secondary Sources

These sites provide information about primary and secondary sources. Learn what they are, how they are different from each other, and how to evaluate them. There is also a listing of websites for locating primary sources. Includes lesson plans, practice questions, and games.


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Find out what is considered to be primary resources and secondary resources.
Read definitions and examples of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.
Here are primary resources for teaching Civics and Government from holdings in the National Archives of the United States. Includes analysis worksheets.
See this compiled list of websites for locating primary sources for United States history and world history.
Read through this listing of websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for research.
In this lesson plan, students learn how to use primary and secondary sources to investigate history as well as explore and appreciate the individuals behind these sources. NOTE: This site includes banner ads.
Students learn the difference between primary and secondary sources for research and conduct a research to create a memoir. NOTE: This site has links to external websites.
Identify which sources in the list are secondary sources.
Play this Jeopardy-type game to test your knowledge of primary and secondary sources.
Identify the difference between primary and secondary sources.

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