The purpose of this assignment
The main object of this assignment is for you to learn how to distinguish these different kinds of historical sources and understand why they’re important to the historian. In order to find the different kinds of sources, however, you will have to use different kinds of logic in different places.
The second object is for you to have a list of pertinent sources for the paper you will be writing on this topic. Hence, as you go through the steps, try to find sources on the subject of your paper that will actually be of use in your writing. This means actually looking at the objects you find, not just accepting what you find in the indexes.
Instructions for this assignment:
Primary sources (Documentation):
a. Contemporary (i.e. at the time of the event) newspaper article,
b. Contemporary magazine article,
c. Government report,
d. Record of House of Commons (or Senate) debates,
e. Record of debates in provincial legislature(s),
f. Literary material (movie, play, poetry, fiction, etc),
g. Historical photograph,
h. Statistical material (census data or other relevant info),
i. Memoir, Diary or Correspondence related to the topic,
Secondary sources (Analysis):
a. Scholarly book,
b. Scholarly article,
c. Thesis or dissertation,
d. Scholarly website,
e. Popular book,
f. Popular article,
g. Popular website.
Finding items in each of these categories requires a different logic. To learn how, use the links to each type of source in the menu on the left.