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Primary Sources

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Welcome to the Primary Sources Research Guide! This guide is intended to help Franklin Pierce students identify, evaluate and find primary sources.

The box below provides examples of primary and secondary source documents in different academic disciplines. The tabs on the left will further help you identify and find primary source documents.

Primary and Secondary Source Examples

Examples of Primary and Secondary Source Documents by Discipline

History

Primary Source

Page from U.S. Treasury brochure for the 4th war loan from 1944.

Secondary Source

Book published in 2016 that describes the history of spies, code breakers and covert operations during WWII. This is a secondary source because it uses and analyzes information from primary source documents.

Primary Source

Historical Newspaper articles can also count as primary sources because they represent original documents from a specific time period. Current day newspaper and magazine articles are typically considered secondary sources.

Lowell Daily Citizen (Lowell, MA, United States), Thursday, August 8, 1861, Vol. XI, Issue 1619.

From Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers

Secondary Source

Book published in 2008 that describes the massive number of deaths that occurred as a result of the civil war and the effect that this had on the nation.This is a secondary source because it uses and analyzes information from primary source documents.

 

Health Science

Primary Source

In the sciences, original research articles are also considered primary sources

Secondary Source

New York Times health blog article on ACL injuries.

This is a secondary source because it uses information gathered from original research articles