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National History Day Boot Camp, Grades 6-12: Locating secondary sources

What is a secondary source?

SECONDARY SOURCE: A source by an author who was not an eyewitness or a participant in the historical event or period. Secondary sources are interpretations of primary sources, research, and study. Secondary sources provide context for a historical event. For example, high school history textbooks and history books about a particular topic are secondary sources; so are biographies and reference sources such as encyclopedias. This definition also applies to descriptive articles or information found on the Internet.

Pro Tip from NHD:

Books first, Internet second
The Internet should never be the first place a researcher looks for sources of information. Begin with books and articles. 

Finding Secondary Sources