ar·chive pronounced: ˈärˌkīv/ noun plural noun: archives
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Here are possible Library of Congress (LC) subject headings to use when researching. Try pairing one of these with your main topic or subject. EXAMPLE:
church records and registers
early works to 1800
personal narratives SEE example above
Content Versus Format:
Is a newspaper always primary, and is a book always secondary? NO. "Primary" and "secondary" relate to the CONTENT, not the format.
Primary sources OFTEN appear in document types such as letters and newspapers, but a source doesn't have to be primary just because of its format. The same is true of sources on paper versus sources on the Internet, and sources which are duplicated as they appear (by scanning or photographing) versus sources which are transcribed (retyped word for word in plain text) -- it's the content that counts.
It's All About CONTEXT:
There is nothing inherent in a document or object that automatically makes it always be "primary" or "secondary." YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION determines whether the source is primary or secondary for YOUR research. The same document could be a primary source for one paper and a secondary source for another paper.
Example: 1975 biography about Abraham Lincoln would probably be a...
-- Secondary source if you are studying Lincoln’s life.
-- Primary source if you are studying how people wrote historical biographies in the 1970s.