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UWRT 100 Critical Reading & Writing: Primary and Secondary Sources

This guide points to library resources and databases for topic research in this class


The information below is from BMCC Library.

Chart of primary and secondary sources.

Specific Examples

Primary Sources Examples

Primary Source Examples 

Published documents - books, newspapers, pamphlets, advertisements, laws, etc.
Example: The Anti-Slavery Cause of Today






Unpublished documents - letters, diaries, financial records, etc.
Example: Sales Contract for Indentured Servant






Oral traditions and histories
Example: American Slave Narratives: An Online Anthology





Visual documents and artifacts

Example: Photographs of Slaves and Slave Life

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