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BHS_English11: STEP 1: Task Definition

Understand your Responsibilities

(Big 6 is a process model of how people of all ages solve an information problem.)

STEP 1:  TASK DEFINITION

Ask, "What's the task?  What types of information do I need?"

Think about the final product you will need to create, and consider what special requirements you need to follow! 

 

WHAT ARE PRIMARY DOCS?

PRIMARY SOURCES

*Original, first-hand account of an event or time period

*Usually written or made during or close to the event or time period

*Original, creative writing or works of art

*Factual, not interpretive

EXAMPLES-PRIMARY

Diaries, journals, and letters

Newspaper and magazine articles (factual accounts)

Government records (census, marriage, military)

Photographs, maps, postcards, posters

Recorded or transcribed speeches

Interviews with participants or witnesses (e.g., The Civil Right Movement)

Interviews with people who lived during a particular time (e.g., genocide in Rwanda)

Songs, Plays, novels, stories

Paintings, drawings, and sculptures

Issues Research

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WHAT ARE SECONDARY DOCS?

SECONDARY SOURCES

*Analyzes and interprets primary sources

*Second-hand account of an historical event

*Interprets creative work

EXAMPLES-SECONDARY

Biographies

Histories

Literary Criticism

Book, Art, and Theater Reviews

Newspaper articles that interpret

Subject Guide

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