Historians and their sources notes


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Historians and their Sources

Distinguishing between Primary and Secondary Sources

What do historians need to investigate the past?

Historians need __________________ to investigate the past.

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When historians study an event, they use ____________ related to the event to study it.

Historians classify the sources they use into two kinds:


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Check your understanding:

Imagine you are a historian who wants to know what American Middle School students learned in school from 1950-2000. Which of the following would be considered a Secondary Source? a.

An interview with the neighbor of a person who was a middle school teacher in the 1950s b.

An article written in 2010 about middle schools in the 1960s c.

A final exam from a social studies class in 1980 d.

A history textbook used in 1950 from a middle school.

How does a historian decide which sources are the most accurate when studying an event?

They have to check for 3 things: