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Module 1: What are primary sources?

The challenge of using primary sources

In contrast to how many of us are accustomed to reading secondary sources, when you use primary sources you have to start by asking a lot of questions about the source itself. It's important to consider who created the document and for what purpose, among other things. You can find out more about how to examine and use primary sources Module 3.

Another challenge of using primary sources for a research project is finding the sources. Move on to Module 2 to learn how to find primary sources in the UIUC Archives.


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cover of Illini Wise

What might you learn about student life in the early 1950s from reading a booklet like this?

Student Affairs
Office Dean of Student Personnel and Dean of Women
Illini Wise, 1944, 1946, 1949-60.
Record Series 41/3/810

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