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Art History - Greensburg Campus

This guide will assist you in your research for Dr. McAlister's Art History courses. It will also provide you with links to helpful sites and people.

Primary Sources

Your research may lead you to investigate both primary and secondary resources. Each type of resources is explained below.Your instructors and librarians can help if you have questions.

Primary resources

Primary resources are the basic evidence for any good research project. These sources can come in many formats: documents from archives, interviews or eyewitness accounts, letters, diaries, newspaper articles, video footage, etc.

One example: The book Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein: Correspondence contains primary resources in the form of written correspondence between Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein. These are reproductions of the originals.

Secondary resources

Secondary resources are works that interpret, analyze, and often synthesize primary source materials to give a broader understanding of a certain topic. These may come in the form of 

scholarly books or journals. They often cite primary source materials, but are a step removed from those events. 

One example: The book Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973 is an example of a secondary resource: a scholar presenting criticism and interpretation of the artwork of Pablo Picasso.

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