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A '''primary source''' is an item that can be directly dated to the period that is being studied, eg. a [[manuscript]], [[clothing]]. A reprint of a book two hundred years later should only be regarded as a primary source for the time that it was printed.
 
A '''primary source''' is an item that can be directly dated to the period that is being studied, eg. a [[manuscript]], [[clothing]]. A reprint of a book two hundred years later should only be regarded as a primary source for the time that it was printed.
   
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A '''secondary source''' is a professional discussion about a primary source, or historical commentary that was written by someone who was not present during the period or events that are being discussed. Most non-fiction books are secondary sources. Even medieval historians often wrote about events that occur centuries earlier, eg. [[Geoffrey, of Monmouth|Geoffrey of Monmouth]]
 
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Latest revision as of 22:15, 22 May 2006

A primary source is an item that can be directly dated to the period that is being studied, eg. a manuscript, clothing. A reprint of a book two hundred years later should only be regarded as a primary source for the time that it was printed.


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