MODULE 5: Additional Database Information Sources:
Section 2 of 3, SHOW AND TELL, page 2 of 7.

SHOW AND TELL

Primary information sources.

As Module 8 of this tutorial details, information sources can be classified as primary, secondary, or tertiary.

Primary sources are direct ... they are the records of history as it happened. Primary information is firsthand information and should be at the core of any good research.

This Show and Tell highlights Annals of American History, a database that is rich in primary information.

Annals of American History contains proclamations, speeches, poems, songs, newspaper and magazine articles, sermons, letters, audio and video clips, and editorials from 1493 to the present.

 

Samples:

IMAGE (The full-sized image, 22" x 16" available in the database): "Liberty Enlightening the World”; military salute at the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. A gift from the people of France to the United States, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886.

TEXT: Rioting in Boston by Thomas Gage (Source: The Correspondence of General Thomas Gage with the Secretaries of State 1763–1775, Clarence E. Carter, ed., New Haven, 1931–1933, Vol. I.).

Your Lordship will have received by the way of Boston much earlier intelligence than it has been in my power to transmit, of an unhappy quarrel between the people of that town and the soldiers, in which several of the former were killed and wounded. But I take the first opportunity to send Your Lordship the best account I have been able to procure of this unfortunate accident...

AUDIO: For reasons of copyright, the audio is not actually linked here. These images are provided to illustrate the availability of information sources.

VIDEO: For reasons of copyright, the video is not actually linked here. These images are provided to illustrate the availability of information sources.

 


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