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English Library Instruction: 5. Using Primary Sources

Primary Sources as Formats

Primary Sources

Thomas Cleary & Ian McDermott

What is a primary source? (7 min)

1st hand account / experience of an event / science article

Show this video as an intro, Star Wars Primary Sources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHLmEyo05EY

Discussion / Think-pair-share (5 min)

What are primary sources you encounter in your daily life

  •     Email
  •     Handouts / flyers / pamphlets
  •     Music / artwork
  •     Livestream / FB Live
  •     Social media: Twitter, Instagram

Search Activity (10 min)

Search your neighborhood using one of the following databases:

Free writing about source (5 min)

After students / pairs / groups have found a primary source

Reflect on your source and write one question about the item that interests you and that you want to research further

OR

Alternate Search, Discussion, Free Writing Activity (10 min)

Using the Library’s Institutional Archives, search a program / dept. / club that interests you

Free writing exercise: Reflect on your source and write one question about the item that interests you and that you want to research further

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