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World History to 1500 (HY 103)

World History to 1500 HY-103

What is a Primary Source?

Primary sources are original materials from the time period or subject that is being studied.  Please note that the same item may be a primary source in one investigation and a secondary source in another.  

Examples of items that are generally considered to be primary sources include:

  • Diaries, letters, speeches, interviews, manuscripts

  • Memoirs and autobiographies

  • Records of organizations and government agencies

  • Journal and newspaper articles written at the time

  • Photographs, audio recordings, video recordings

  • Public opinion polls conducted at the time

  • Research reports or articles reflecting the results of scientific experiments or studies

  • Works of art, architecture, literature, and music such as paintings, sculptures, musical scores, buildings, novels, poems, etc.

  • Artifacts such as plant specimens, fossils, furniture, tools, clothing, etc. of the time under study

General

Africa

Ancient Greece

Ancient Rome

Asia (India, China)

Australia

Byzantine

Children

Egypt

Europe

Islam

Judaism

Law and Diplomacy

Maps

Medieval

Military

Science, Medicine

Women

Vikings