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Library Research Guides Primary Sources Using Primary Source Material
Using Primary Source Material
This tab lists things to be considered when finding and using Primary Source Materials. Links to citation guides are given in a box below.
Possible Obstacles To Be Overcome in Using
AGE OF DOCUMENT
Depending on the age of a document, the script, font, or language may be difficult to decipher.
Communication norms of different time periods or location must be considered.
The technology needed to read or observe an item may be a barrier.
Realize that there may be gaps in available sources (war, storms, age and fragility of material, intentional destruction)
Things to Consider When Using A Primary Source
Use in a manner that respects the privacy rights of others.
Use in a manner that respects cultural contexts.
Adhere to copyright and privacy laws when incorporating primary source information in a research or creative project.
Cite according to appropriate citation style guidelines
Evaluating a Primary Source
Consider the perspective of the creator of the source (tone, subjectivity, biases, original audience)..
Situate a source in the time and culture in which it was created