Primary Source Analysis

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Primary Source Analysis Historians analyze historical sources in different ways. First, historians think about where, when and why a document was created. They consider whether a source was created close in location and time to an actual historical event. Historians also think about the purpose of a source. Was it a personal diary intended to be kept private? Was the document prepared for the public? Some primary sources may be judged more reliable than others, but every source is biased in some way. As a result, historians read sources skeptically and critically. They also cross-check sources against other evidence and sources. Historians follow a few basic rules to help them analyze primary sources. Read these rules below. Then read the questions for analyzing primary sources. Use these rules and questions as you analyze primary source documents yourself. Time and Place Rule To judge the quality of a primary source, historians use the time and place rule . This rule says the closer in time and place a source and its creator were to an event in the
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2011 for the course GEO 111 taught by Professor Yates during the Winter '08 term at Grand Valley State.

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