• Primary Sources

    Primary Sources may include any of the following:

      1. Objects- Tools, Weapons, Inventions, Clothing, Uniforms
      2. Images- Photographs, Fine art, Video, Posters, Cartoons, Advertisements
      3. Audio- Speeches, Music, Oral histories, Interviews, Radio broadcasts
      4. Statistics- Census data, Maps, Architectual drawings
      5. Text- Letters, Diaries, Journals, Poetry, Speeches, Cookbooks

    Evaluating Primary Sources:
    six questions to ask

      1. Who created the source and why?
      2. Did the recorder have firsthand knowledge of the event?
      3. Was the information recorded during the event, immediately after the event, or after some lapse of time?
      4. Was the recorder a neutral source, or did he or she have opinions that might have influenced what was recorded?
      5. Who was the recorder"s intended audience? Was the source intended to be public or private?
      6. Was the recorder"s intent to persuade or inform others?

    Hyperlinks of Interest:


    http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/, documents, audio lectures, lesson plans.(4th.-12th.)
    http://www.historychannel.com, videos, lesson plans and games.  This is searchable by topic.(4th.-12th.)

    New York Public Library :  research library , search by book title or topic.(prek.-12th.)

    http://www.archives.gov go to digital classroom and then click teaching with documents, primary sources, lesson plans, documents, photographs, and posters, and worksheets.  This is searchable by topic.(4th.-12.)
    http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/D/index.htm . Search by topic and time periods.  Essays, birographies, and presidents.(4th.-12th.)
    http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/jefferson/texts/ Thomas Jefferson Digital Library, a guide to the University of Virginia's collections related to Thomas Jefferson, with additional links to texts and information resources about
    Jefferson.(History and Civics)

    Yale University Avalon Project  :The Avalon Project, historical documents, search by time periods.(4th.-12th.)

    http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/ U.S. Historical Documents from Pre-Colonial to present day.(4th.-12th.)
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/subjectstart?E  Books.(high school)

    http://www.constitution.org/liberlib.htm Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics 150 full-text documents.  World History, Civics, and American History.(5th.-12th.)

    Michigan Historical Center State Archives of Michigan  : State Archives of Michigan.  Searchable by topic.  Check out the Underground Railroad links! (3rd., 4th., 6th.)

    http://www.ourdocuments.gov , PDFs of original 100 milestone documents and tools for educators using documents.(5th.-12th.)
    http://www.americanrevolution.org/archives.html, links to primary source books and essays from the American Revolution. (5th. and 8th.)
    http://www.historyteacher.net/ Extensive hyperlinks from current events to history, and branches of government. (4th.-12th.)
Last Modified on February 14, 2018