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Teaching Secondary Social Studies

Primary Sources

Finding Primary Sources

Primary resources are important when looking at the historical record of the past.  Items that can tell us more about our history include:

  • Diaries and letters
  • Firsthand accounts
  • Interviews
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Original Fiction
  • Photographs, paintings, drawings, maps
  • Video, film, sound recordings
  • Works of Art

Guides to help you find primary resources:

Primary Sources Online

Try some of these for images, journals, diaries, newspapers and other digital collections of primary materials:

Historical Thinking in the Classroom