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Cuba!

Cuba. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. 
quest.eb.com/search/118_851976/1/118_851976/cite. Accessed 29 Mar 2017.

 

Primary and Secondary Sources

What is the Difference Between a Primary Source and a Secondary Source?

According to A Manual for Writers by Kate Turabian (University of Chicago Press, 7th ed., 2007), "Secondary sources are books and articles that analyze primary sources, usually written by and for other researchers. You use secondary sources for three purposes: 1. to inform and refine [your] thinking; 2. to find other points of view; 3. to find models for your own research and analysis."

"Primary sources are original works—diaries, letters, manuscripts, images, films, film scripts, recordings, musical scores, and ... data collected through observation and experiment."

Information from Bowdoin College Library LibGuide

 

Research Tips

Some questions to consider once you have your topic:

  • What specifically do you want to know about a topic?
  • How can you broaden or narrow your topic?
    • Identify key concepts and words, time periods, groups/individuals, geographic locations
    • Try posing your topic as a question.

Source selection

Determine all possible sources

  • What databases are offered in your school library? Explore these and discuss with your librarian to find out.
  • Could any specific books be of use?

Find information within sources

  • Online & Databases: Use Advanced Search functions
  • Use quotations (“26th of July movement”), Boolean operators AND, OR (the mob AND Cuba) when possible
  • Keep track of important facts and concepts in your notes
  • Use indexes, references and bibliographies, site maps, abstracts, Tables of Contents, etc. whenever possible to save time

Information adapted from Ms.Bishop at the Hun School of Princeton

 

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