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Medieval History: Books

Medieval History

Primary and Secondary Sources

Under the Books tab you can select either primary sources or secondary sources.

Primary Source - A primary source is something, either a document or a physical object, created by a person who was alive and present during the time period.

Examples of primary sources:

  • Original Documents such as letters, speeches, autobiographies and diaries.
  • Creative Works such as novels, plays, music and art
  • Artifacts such as pottery, clothing, buildings and tools

Secondary Source - A secondary source is an interpretation of a primary source.  Secondary Sources are created in order to analyze and examine primary sources and are not created by people who were present for an event.

Examples of secondary sources:

  • Textbooks
  • Journal Articles
  • Encyclopedias

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