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CPHS_Creative Writing - James. J. Hill House - Historical Fiction Assignment: Primary vs. Secondary Resources

This guide has been designed to help you through the research and writing processes for completing your Creative Writing II Historical Fiction assignment. Standards Met: 9.7.7.7, 9.7.8.8, 9.7.9.9, 11.7.7.7, 11.7.8.8, 11.7.9.9

Primary vs. Secondary Resources

PRIMARY RESOURCES are resources that are original, firsthand evidence.PRIMARY RESOURCES include original documents such as diaries, records, autobiographies, letters, interviews, and research reports. The Diary of Anne Frank would be an example. PRIMARY RESOURCES also include an original creative work such as novels, paintings, and musical scores. An example would be The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.  A final type of PRIMARY RESOURCE would be an artifact like pottery, buildings, or clothing. The ruby slippers that Judy Garland wore while playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz would be an example.

SECONDARY RESOURCES, on the other hand, analyze or interpret a PRIMARY RESOURCE. They are usually produced after an event. Textbooks, encyclopedias, and magazine articles would be examples. For instance, a biography on the life of  Queen Victoria written after her death is a SECONDARY RESOURCE.

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