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Are you familiar with primary and secondary sources? Primary sources give information and first-hand evidence. Examples of this include statistical data and works of art. It provides direct access to research. Secondary sources give second -hand information and commentary from other researchers. Examples of this include journal articles and academic books. If you would love to understand extra about primary and secondary sources, you should challenge yourself with this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is a primary source? (multiple choice)

    • A.

      A source used often

    • B.

      A source found in an important book like an encyclopedia

    • C.

      A source created at the time of an event by an individual who was there

    • D.

      A source created after an event has happened

    Correct Answer
    C. A source created at the time of an event by an individual who was there
    Explanation
    A primary source refers to a source that is created at the time of an event by an individual who was present. This means that the information provided in the source is firsthand and has not been filtered or interpreted by others. Primary sources are valuable for researchers as they offer direct insights into historical events or phenomena and provide a more authentic and immediate perspective. They can include documents, diaries, letters, photographs, interviews, or any other original material from the time period being studied.

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  • 2. 

    What is a secondary source? (multiple choices)

    • A.

      A source which is someone's second choice to use for research

    • B.

      A source created after an event has happened by someone not present at the event

    • C.

      A second piece of information written about an event

    • D.

      A source created at the time of an event

    Correct Answer
    B. A source created after an event has happened by someone not present at the event
    Explanation
    A secondary source is a type of source that is created after an event has occurred by someone who was not present at the event. This means that the information provided in the source is based on the interpretation and analysis of primary sources or other secondary sources. Secondary sources often provide a different perspective or analysis of an event, and they can be valuable for gaining a broader understanding of a topic.

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  • 3. 

    Check all below which are primary sources.

    • A.

      Encyclopedia article

    • B.

      Diary

    • C.

      Photograph

    • D.

      Magazine article

    • E.

      Textbook

    • F.

      Museum artifact

    • G.

      Interview

    • H.

      Historical document

    • I.

      Review of a book

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Diary
    C. Photograph
    F. Museum artifact
    G. Interview
    H. Historical document
    Explanation
    The primary sources are original materials that provide direct evidence or firsthand accounts of an event or topic. In this case, a diary is a firsthand account of personal experiences and thoughts, a photograph captures a direct image of a specific moment, a museum artifact is an original object from a specific time period, an interview provides direct testimony from a person involved in an event, and a historical document is an original record or manuscript from the past. These sources are considered primary because they offer direct evidence or firsthand accounts of the subject matter.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following is a secondary source? (multiple choice)

    • A.

      A textbook chapter on World War II and its famous battles

    • B.

      Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech

    • C.

      A photograph of an immigrant family arriving at Ellis Island

    • D.

      A journal kept by a soldier during the American Revolution

    Correct Answer
    A. A textbook chapter on World War II and its famous battles
    Explanation
    A textbook chapter on World War II and its famous battles is considered a secondary source because it is a written account that analyzes and interprets primary sources, such as documents, photographs, and firsthand accounts. It provides an overview and historical context of the events, offering a perspective and analysis based on research and other primary sources.

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  • 5. 

    When researching, you do not have to say where you got your information from.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "When researching, you do not have to say where you got your information from" is false. When conducting research, it is important to provide proper citations and acknowledge the sources of information used. This not only gives credit to the original authors but also allows others to verify the information and build upon the research. Failure to cite sources can lead to plagiarism and is considered unethical in the academic and research community.

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  • 6. 

    Write anything else you know about primary and secondary sources and/or researching the internet for these types of resources.

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