Finding Primary Sources

The following chart lists different types of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.  As an example, if your topic was Martha Graham's life and work, you might use the following videotape & books shown below.

Primary

Secondary

 Tertiary

Artifacts
Artwork/Drawings
Audio/Video Recordings
Autobiography/Memoirs
Correspondence/Letters

Critics' reviews of performances 
Diaries/Journals
Government Publications
Interviews/Oral Histories 
Manuscripts

Newspaper articles and ads
Photographs   
Public Records

Speeches

Biographies
Books
Book chapters
Commentaries
Literature Reviews
Review Articles






Almanacs
Bibliographies
Chronologies
Dictionaries
Encyclopedias 
Indexes






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book cover of the Oxford Classical Dictionary 
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(adapted from Finding Primary Sources Tutorial)

Last modified: 8/22/2012 12:02 PM by M. Potter