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Ethnic Studies: Primary Sources

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

A Primary source of information is first-person, original information. Examples:

  • a journal or diary
  • original research
  • interview
  • letter
  • speech
  • original work of art
  • government document
  • research article from a variety of databases and web sites

A Secondary source of information is material that has been taken from primary sources and then synthesized. Examples:

  • college textbook
  • biography
  • criticism
  • historical study
  • journal or magazine article that reviews original works

Areas of Study

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African Americans
Asian Americans
Native Americans
LatinX Americans