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Latin American Studies: Capstone Seminar: Anticolonialism in Latin America and the Caribbean

A guide for those interested in the literature, culture and history of Latin America.

What are primary sources?

Primary sources are the evidence left behind by participants or observers, providing firsthand evidence of historical events. These include written materials, such as archival documents, autobiographies, interviews, newspaper and magazine articles, and data of the period; audio materials such as oral histories, original recordings of music and speeches, radio broadcasts, and interviews; and visual materials, such as photographs, art, posters, maps, and films.

In contrast, secondary sources, such as scholarly studies or encyclopedias, synthesize and interpret primary materials. 

Whether primary or secondary, it is important to critically analyze your sources.

The tabs above provide a few examples of the primary and secondary sources that can be found in the Bobst Latin American collection and on the open web.

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