Ch 1: Understanding History & Primary Sources

About This Chapter

This chapter is to help you understand how to use and analyze primary sources in the context of this course. You'll get an overview of what primary sources are, tools to understand them, and context for using them in your research and understanding.

Understanding History & Primary Sources

Primary sources are crucial to building an accurate understanding of the past. They help us see how people perceived historical events that affected them at the time, straight from the source. It is also important to keep in mind the different ways people see events and react to them. In this chapter you will learn:

  • Tools for thinking about how history varies by perspective
  • How to analyze where a primary source came from and how it informs our understanding of events
  • Research tactics to find primary sources in your studies
  • Evaluating sources for bias

Video Objective
Understanding the Subjective Nature of History History encompasses many perspectives, learn how to evaluate them
What is a Primary Source? - Definition & Examples Overview of what a primary source is and what it looks like
Understanding a Source's Strengths and Weaknesses Evaluate sources you find and their value to your studies
Teaching Students How to Read Primary Sources Tips and tools to thoroughly read primary sources and understand them
Where to Find Primary Sources: Helping Students with Research Strategies for finding primary sources on your own

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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