High-quality and authentic content
on every custom paper

  • All papers written from scratch
  • We hire professional writers only
  • Original and creative work
  • Timely delivery guaranteed
  • Variety of disciplines, topics, and deadlines
  • 100% confidentiality guarantee

Order Now

The Great Depression


Primary Source Analysis (15% of final grade)

OK, so what is a primary source? It can be defined as anything created by someone involved in an event, about the event. For example, it could be a diary or a picture. These are the raw bits of history and we use them to understand the people and events under study. Here are resources to help you prepare for this assignment:
What Are Primary Sources?
Library of Congress: Teaching with Primary Sources (video and transcript) – definition of primary and secondary sources and why use primary sources http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6632
Library of Congress: Why Use Primary Sources http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/whyuse.html
Finding Primary Sources

Library of Congress: Finding Primary Sources http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/finding.html
National Archives: Finding Primary Sources http://www.archives.gov/education/research/primary-sources.html
How to Cite Primary Sources

Library of Congress: Citing Primary Sources – Chicago style http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/chicago.html
How do I Analyze Primary Sources?

Library of Congress: Analyzing a Primary Source (video and transcript) http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6633
National Archives: Primary Source Analysis Worksheets – The National Archives has created analysis worksheets to help you work with primary sources. Copies of these worksheets are provided as attachments in the Primary Source Analysis assignment and also in Course Resources (under Content) The worksheets consist of a combination of checklists and short-answer questions that will help you focus on the most important elements of many different types of historical documents. You will need the worksheets to complete the Primary Source Analysis assignment.
Primary Source Analysis Instructions
Find two (2) primary sources (any type for which there is an analysis worksheet) on your chosen topic. There are a number of web sites such as those of the Library of Congress and the National Archives that contain digitized copies of primary sources that you may use. Please use copies of the primary source – not a transcription – you want to see it as it looked when created/used.

For each primary source you find, create a separate entry that includes all of the following information:

The type of primary source (e.g. written document, cartoon, photograph, and so on).
Complete the worksheet in detail.
Write a narrative analysis of the primary source, using the information you collected on the worksheet
Explain how the item pertains to your topic
Create a bibliographic entry (as you would include it in your bibliography) for the primary source – in Chicago Humanities style


Category: Essays

We are here to help!

We have many custom Writing services, have a look at these below to find out more. View our Writting Samples View Client Testimonials Place your Order Now

Custom Written Work

Guaranteed on Time

Get The Grade You ordered