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ECON 2P10: United States Economic History

A guide to information sources for your term paper which includes tips on finding background information, books, articles, and statistics on your essay topic. There are also tips on evaluating sources, essay writing, and citing sources in APA Style.

What are primary sources?

Primary sources refer to documents or artifacts created during a particular period of time, and may include these categories:

  • personal documents: letters, diaries, newspapers, pamphlets, and other first person accounts of events
  • social documents: government documents such as censuses or other organizational records
  • diplomatic sources: laws, treaties, etc.

Adapted from:Crelin, J. (2013). Primary source. In Salem Press Encyclopedia Research Starters, Retrieved from SuperSearch. 

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