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Module 3: How to use primary sources

Thanks for participating in the Primary Source VILLAGE!

Congratulations! You have finished the third and final module of the Primary Source VILLAGE.

As we have tried to convey, doing research with primary sources is fun and interesting, because you are learning about past events in the words and images of people who experienced them first-hand.

We hope you have found it valuable to learn about some strategies for making sense of primary source documents by asking questions like:

  • What is this document?
  • When and where was it made?
  • Who made it?
  • Why did they make it?

These are questions that historians and other scholars ask themselves whenever they encounter a primary source document. As you become more practiced, you will find that asking these "what, who, where, when, why" questions become second nature to you as well!


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The Wallrus, front cover

Remember this student publication we discussed in the first page of the first module of this tutorial? We hope you now understand why it could be considered a primary source for a research project, how you would get access to it, and what questions you would ask when you use it in your research.

Student Organizations
Political and Social Action
Walrus: 1968-1973 Volumes 1-5
Record Series 41/66/869

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