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HIST 4180: Colonial Mexico and the Spanish Southwest: Primary Sources

Fall 2014

Digital Resources

Latin American Materials in Rare Books

Primary and Secondary Sources, Defined

A primary source is a document that was created during the time period you are studying. Examples of primary sources include letters or emails, speeches, diaries, first-hand accounts, maps, and photographs.

In contrast, a secondary source is a text based on or informed by primary sources. Examples of secondary sources include textbooks, biographies, peer-reviewed journal articles, and documentary films.

Learn more:

"Primary vs. Secondary Sources" (Princeton University)

"Defining Primary and Secondary Sources" (Library and Archives Canada)

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