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History Resources at the Hackelmeier Memorial Library

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The information and links contained in this guide are made available by the Hackelmeier Memorial Library at Marian University.

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Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Primary sources are original documents, records or other materials created at the time of a particular event, or created at a later date by a person recalling involvement in a particular event or time period.  This includes photographs, manuscripts, personal letters, diaries and other materials. 

Secondary sources are materials that compile and reference original sources to describe and analyze past events.  Textbooks are considered secondary sources, as are scholarly research articles and books written after an event, by someone not directly involved in the event.

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