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Question: What are primary and secondary sources? What are authors idea of primary and secondary sources

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Primary sources are the raw materials of historical research - they are the documents or artifacts closest to the topic of investigation. Often they're created during the time period which is being studied, but they can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later. Primary sources can be written documents like letters, diaries, newspaper articles, government reports, or speeches. They can also be non-textual materials, like maps, photographs, audio recordings, videos, or objects. Secondary sources provide interpretation or analysis based on primary sources. These can be books, articles, documentaries, or databases that compile, comment on, and discuss evidence derived from primary sources. Secondary sources are usually written or created by experts in the field, after the event or phenomenon in question has taken place. The author's idea of primary and secondary sources often depends on the field of study. For a historian, for example, primary sources are valuable for presenting unfiltered, original evidence about the past. For a literary scholar, a primary source might be a poem they are analyzing, while secondary sources would be previous interpretations and analyses of that poem. In short, remember that primary and secondary sources is a distinction reflecting how close to the event or phenomenon in question the source was created. Primary sources offer firsthand evidence, whereas secondary sources offer interpretation or analysis of that evidence. It is essential to use a mix of both types of sources in research to gain a broad understanding and perspective on the topic. The use of primary sources allows for a deeper and more personal analysis, while secondary sources allow interpretation and contextual understanding.

Answered by gpt-4

Oct. 15, 2023, 11:03 a.m.

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Published: Sunday, October 15, 2023

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