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Caribbean Migration and History - Oakland Campus: Primary & Secondary Sources

This guide is intended for doing library and Internet research on Caribbean history with emphasis on Caribbean migration.

Primary sources

 

 

What is a primary source?

A primary source is a document or physical object which was written or created during the time under study. These sources were present during an experience or time period and offer an inside view of a particular event. Some types of primary sources include:

  • ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS: Diaries, speeches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, news film footage, autobiographies, official records 
  • CREATIVE WORKS: Poetry, drama, novels, music, art 
  • RELICS OR ARTIFACTS: Pottery, furniture, clothing, buildings

Search by keyword for Primary Sources in the Library Catalog:

  • correspondence   -   diaries   -   early works   -   interviews   -   manuscripts   -   oratory   -   pamphlets   -    personal narratives   -   speeches   -   letters   -   documents

 

Secondary sources

 

What is a secondary source?

A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them. Some types of secondary sources include:

  • PUBLICATIONS: Textbooks, magazine articles, Journal articles, books, encyclopedias