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Latin America: The Ages of Revolution  

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How to Find Primary Sources

To find primary sources in library catalogs such as Bobcat or WorldCat, use a subject word (for example Haiti) along with the following genre words

Caricatures and cartoons
Description and travel
Oral History
Notebooks, sketchbooks
Personal narratives
Songs and music
Sources (for historical documents)


Haiti -- History -- Revolution, 1791-1804 -- Personal narratives


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 encylopedias, 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 kind of written, visual, and auditory primary sources that can be found in the Bobst Latin American  collection.

     For more general information about Bobst Latin American collection, see the link for the research guides below.

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