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UNIV267: Delaware Stories: Analyzing Sources

What are Primary and Secondary Sources?

Primary Sources:  Original, first hand accounts of a time period or of an event Secondary Sources:  Analysis or interpretation of a time period, event, or primary source


  • Newspapers written at the time
  • Personal diaries, memoirs, journals
  • Correspondence written at the time
  • Original works or creative works of art


  • An analysis of news writing from a time period
  • An interpretation of a work of art or work of literature
  • A second-hand account of a historical period or event.

Primary Source: Photograph of Harriet Tubman

Secondary Source:  Biography of Harriet Tubman