- What are two main sources of history?
- Is it true that only primary sources may be used in writing history?
- Why is primary source important in history?
- How do you know if a primary source is reliable?
- How do you critique a primary source?
- Is the primary source always correct Why?
- What does a historian think about when analyzing a primary source?
What are two main sources of history?
There are two main types of historical sources: primary sources and secondary sources.
Is it true that only primary sources may be used in writing history?
Arthur Marwick says “Primary sources are absolutely fundamental to history.” Ideally, a historian will use all available primary sources that were created by the people involved at the time being studied. In practice, some sources have been destroyed, while others are not available for research.
Why is primary source important in history?
Primary sources fascinate students because they are real and they are personal; history is humanized through them. Using original sources, students touch the lives of the people about whom history is written. They participate in human emotions and in the values and attitudes of the past.
How do you know if a primary source is reliable?
9 Ways to Verify Primary Source Reliability
- Was the source created at the same time of the event it describes?
- Who furnished the information?
- Is the information in the record such as names, dates, places, events, and relationships logical?
- Does more than one reliable source give the same information?
- What other evidence supports the information in the source?
How do you critique a primary source?
How to Analyze a Primary Source
- Look at the physical nature of your source.
- Think about the purpose of the source.
- How does the author try to get the message across?
- What do you know about the author?
- Who constituted the intended audience?
- What can a careful reading of the text (even if it is an object) tell you?
Is the primary source always correct Why?
Original sources are not always accurate. As careful and methodical genealogists we must consider the possibility that there may be errors in a record.
What does a historian think about when analyzing a primary source?
Analyzing Primary Sources. 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.