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ANTD15: Frontiers of Sociocultural Anthropology: Colonial Affect
Primary sources are original materials or evidence. They provide first-hand accounts, testimony, or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by participants or eyewitnesses who experienced the events or conditions being documented.
Secondary sources are one step removed from the original source. They describe, summarize, analyze, evaluate, interpret, or review primary source materials.
Features of primary and secondary sources
Not sure if you're looking at a primary source? Try evaluating your source using these criteria:
Original, uninterpreted information
First-hand account of events or conditions
Created by participants or witnesses of the event
Original records created at the time of the event
Describes or explains a primary source
Contains interpretations, analysis, judgments or discussions
Written after the time of the event
Created by someone who did not witness or participate in the event
Examples of primary and secondary sources
Primary sources can be in any medium. What makes the source primary was when it was written and by whom, not what it is.