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The Research Hub

For 2017-18 AES and FYS Courses and a great starting point for anyone's research.

Definition: Original documents created or experienced contemporaneously with the event being researched. 

Characteristics: first-hand observations, contemporary accounts of the event, viewpoints of the time.


Some examples: 

  • Interviews
  • Reports
  • Studies
  • Creative works
  • Speeches
  • News footage
  • Diary entries

Definition: Works that analyze, assess, or interpret an historical event, era, or phenomenon, generally utilizing primary sources to do so.

Characteristics: Interpretation of information, usually written well after the event, and offers reviews or critiques.


Some Examples: 

  • Journal articles
  • Editorials
  • Literary criticism
  • Book or film reviews
  • Biographies
  • Textbooks
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