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What is a primary source?

A primary source is first hand evidence. It was there at the time of an event. It is contemporary to the period being studied. Examples of primary sources are speeches, letters, songs, legislation, court decisions, journals/diaries, memoirs, interviews, artifacts, autobiographies, and photographs. Interviews are primary sources, but the person being interviewed must have WITNESSED the event.


You can't get an "A" on your IB Extended Essay without at least ONE primary source!


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  • Encyclopedia of World Biography , 2nd ed., 23v, 2004 * American Decades Primary Sources , 10v, 2004 * Harlem Renaissance , 2001 * UXL American Decades , 11v, 2003 * Major 21st-Century Writers , 5v, 2005 * Nonfiction Classics for Students: Presenting Analysis, Context, and Criticism on Nonfiction Works , 5v, 2003 * The Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health: Infancy through Adolescence , 4v, 2006 * UXL Encyclopedia of Drugs and Addictive Substances , 5v, 2006 * The Gale Encyclopedia of Science , 3rd ed., 6v, 2004 * World of Forensic Science , 2v, 2005


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