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Primary vs secondary sources

Primary Sources

Those written by an eye witness to the event. Includes photographs and other images made by someone who were present at the event.

Secondary Sources

Commentary, scholarly research by people after the event and referring to primary sources; can be many years after the event.

Most first year subjects will require the use of recent research rather primary sources.

Find out more about primary and secondary sources.

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