Card Set Information
The work's specific message.
Firsthand records of events, theories, opinions, or actions.
Published or unpublished documents, recordings, or artifacts.
Must be contemporary to the events, people, or information that is at issue.
Primary Source Challenges
Anything written hundreds of years after an event has occurred is not a primary source.
Primary sources are not always accurate, especially if it contains the persons perception of the events.
Often times primary sources are ambiguous & fragmentary, making them difficult to analyze.
Primary Sources on the Internet
What is the purpose of the website containing the info?
Is it trying to persuade you?
Non-biased information relaying info is more reliable. EX. Gov't sites, organization sites, educational institutions.
Types of primary sources:
works of art
publication of research results
census or demographic records
Information based on real, provable events or situations.
Beliefs based on personal judgments rather than on indisputable facts.
Opinions or beliefs that affect a persons ability to make fair, unclouded judgments or decisions.
Oversimplified opinions that don't account for individual differences about an entire group of people or things.
Tells a story
Relates a chain of events.
Introduces or explains a subject
Groundwork info necessary for understanding later ideas.
Analyzes information objectively.
Passes along precise information about a specific topic. Usually formal or semi-formal style.
Tries to get the reader to agree with the author.
General subject matter covered by the work.
Explains the main idea.
Subjects that a written work frequently touches upon.