H105 American History I:
Evolution of American society from English Colonization through Civil War: political, economic, social structure; racial and ethnic groups; sex roles; Native American, inter-American and world diplomacy of United States; evolution of ideology, war, territorial expansion, industrialization, urbanization, international events, and their impact on American history. Offered every semester.
What is a primary document?
- A useful introduction to primary documentation is available from RUSA, the Reference & User Services Association of the American Libraries Association.
- The Primary Source organization provides a thoughtful explanation of the concept of primary sources and documents.
- Find a tutorial on primary sources here at California: Irvine.
- Examples of primary documents/sources include: original documents (like the actual United States Constitution), research articles, diaries, interviews, personal accounts of events, eye-witness experiences and live-action news.
Primary vs. Secondary Documents for the Civil War
Perhaps this video will make the concept clearer:
As you begin your research you will use secondary resources to find out more about the topic.
Encyclopedia, dictionaries, mannuals and textbooks are secondary sources in the form of books.
Review articles and articles written about other's research or experiences are secondary sources.
Usually these secondary sources help you narrow your topic and provide context for further research.