A few times this week I have written about the use of primary sources in history class and or research course. It reminded me of some great videos that can help students understand the differences between primary and secondary sources.

The Minnesota Historical Society offers a fantastic video on the topic of primary sources vs. secondary sources. By watching the short video, students can learn what makes a resource a primary or secondary source. The video provides a handful of examples of each along with a description of what makes the example a primary or secondary source. This is probably the best video I have seen explaining the differences between primary and secondary sources.

Use of primary and secondary sources is a video produced by the Oregon School Library Information System. The video aims to help elementary students understand the difference between primary and secondary sources. The video uses clear examples of each type of source and how those sources can be used in the research and writing process. The best part is that there are examples lined up across multiple fields, including art and science.

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